Hi Everyone. I hope I find you all well this week. The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner so what better time to re-visit the story of the much loved Claddagh ring. It also gives me an excuse to share my favorite Claddagh jewelry picks from The Irish Store collection-perfect gifts for that special someone this Valentines Day.
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. And now for the Claddagh Ring Rules!
How to Wear Your Claddagh Ring
- Wear your ring on your right ring finger with the crown pointing away from your heart to signify that you are open to love.
- Wearing your ring on the left ring finger with the crown pointing towards the heart announces to the world that you are engaged or married.
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. Celtic Cats Eye Claddagh Jewelry Set
First up it’s a five star customer favorite! This stunning Claddagh matching pendant and earrings set features Ireland’s much-loved Irish symbol of love and friendship in exquisite detail. Beautifully crafted with eye-catching emerald green cats eye stones. An Irish gift for her to be treasured.
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. Claddagh Sterling Silver Birthstone Earrings
The much loved Irish symbol of Love, Loyalty and Friendship is beautifully re created here with a sparkling cubic zirconia birthstone central heart. Choose your month and give a gift from Ireland with a thoughtful personal touch.
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 friends, loved ones and that special someone this Valentine’s Day!
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!