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.
Upon his release, he returned to the tiny Galway fishing village where his sweetheart was waiting and presented her with the very first Irish Claddagh ring.
Its heartfelt message of Love, Loyalty and Friendship remains as potent as ever today and we have gathered a stunning collection of Irish Claddagh rings men and women, all for your perusal, a gift to be cherished and the ultimate token of Irish love.
Feast your eyes on the beautiful craftsmanship of our silver Claddagh rings with sparkling birthstones and rich Connemara Marble, or browse our range of gold Claddagh rings, hallmarked at Dublin Castle and featuring emerald hearts and diamond insets.
"With these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my loyalty."
What is the story behind Irish claddagh rings?
The story of the Claddagh ring is a very romantic one. Richard Joyce was enslaved in North Africa in the 17th century and spent 14 years in captivity, during this time he made a Claddagh ring for his sweetheart who remained in Ireland. Once he was released from slavery he gifted her this ring. It is a beautiful message of love, loyalty and friendship.
What are Irish Claddagh rings for women made of?
Claddagh rings are traditionally made from gold and silver but other metals can be used. In more recent times diamonds, emeralds and sapphires have been added to the heart shaped jewel. Whichever way your Claddagh ring is made, it is a great way to show your affection to someone you care about.
How should I wear my Irish Claddagh ring?
There are many ways in which women wear Claddagh rings, if one was dating the ring must be worn on the right hand with the heart facing outwards. If you are in love and in a relationship your ring must be worn on the right hand with the heart facing inwards. Once married, the ring is transferred to the left hand with the heart still facing inwards which is a sign of commitment and love.
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