Here at The Irish Store, we have a fine collection of mens Claddagh rings. Legend has it that the original creator of the Claddagh ring, an Irish silversmith by the name of Richard Joyce, was enslaved in North Africa in the 17th century and spent 14 years in captivity.
Here, he honed his craft and created the very first Claddagh ring for his sweetheart in the tiny fishing village of the same name in Galway.
Upon his release, he returned to Ireland and presented her with this token of his affection. "With these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my loyalty".
This heartfelt message of love, loyalty and friendship remains as potent as ever today and all our mens Claddagh rings are crafted in Ireland and hallmarked at Dublin Castle.