Hi Everyone. I hope I find you all well this week. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts turn to love and romance. Of course, Ireland’s classic symbol of love and friendship is the much loved Claddagh Ring. So let’s remind ourselves of the story behind this much-loved item of Irish jewelry.
The Story of The Claddagh Ring
There are many myths and legends surrounding the Claddagh ring but my favorite is certainly the most romantic. The story goes back some 300 years to the tiny fishing villlage of the same name on the edge of the City of Tribes. It concerns a certain Richard Joyce, a silversmith from Galway. While on his way to the West Indies around 1675 he was captured and sold to slavery. The Moorish goldsmith who bought him taught him his craft. After 14 years in captivity, he was released and returned to Galway where his true love awaited him. While he was enslaved he fashioned what we now know as the Claddagh Ring especially for her. The heart symbolizes love, the hand’s friendship and the crown loyalty.
So now that we’ve re-capped the story and how to wear your Claddagh ring, how about some great Claddagh gift ideas for all you hopeless romantics?
Lulu’s Top Claddagh Gifts
1. Claddagh Birthstone Pendant & Earrings Set
Of course, it’s not all about the Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh features in all types of jewelry and this gorgeous jewelry set come with a personal touch. Your chosen birthstone forms the sparkling heart of these beautifully crafted Claddagh earrings and matching the Claddagh pendant.
2. Mullingar Pewter Claddagh Jewelry Box
Maybe her collection of Claddagh jewelry is complete so why not give her the gift of this stunning jewlery box. The craftsmanship is beautifully detailed with delicate bead work and intricate hand finished Celtic knot designs offsetting the iconic symbol of Love, Loyalty & Friendship. Handcrafted by the renowned Mullingar Pewter.
3. Celtic Cats Eye Claddagh Earrings
So next up we have a pair of Claddagh earrings that are sure to turn heads.
The dramatic cat’s eye stone features a delicate Claddagh crest nestled at one end of the emerald green centerpiece to create a piece of Irish jewelry that combines Ireland’s much loved symbol of love with bold modern design
4. Claddagh Earrings & Pendant Set
Our penultimate pick is another stunning Claddagh jewelry set. This stunning earrings and pendant set forms part of The Solstice Collection. Here, the classic Claddagh is given a fresh contemporary update.
Beautifully crafted with exquisite attention to detail. Hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
5. Silver Connemara Marble Claddagh Ring
Well I simply must end my top picks with the classic Claddagh ring! Our number one best seller is a customer 5 star favourite and it’s easy to see why. The Claddagh symbol is beautifully re-created in stunning detail. Crafted in sterling silver with an eye-catching heart of Ireland’s ancient gemstone, Connemara Marble.
So now you know the story, how to wear it and you’ve got some great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day! Shop our full collection of Claddagh Jewelry and don’t forget to use BLOG10 at the checkout to receive a 10% discount!
See you next week,
Slán go fóill!