Claddagh Design Story
Claddagh is pronounced Clada, and is the name of a small fishing village that has now become part of Galway city. The original design was of two hands holding a heart, which was used as a wedding ring in medieval times. Richard Joyce, a distant cousin of the seller, added the crown to show his thanks to the King who enabled his release from a pirate’s prison. The design has come to mean ‘Let Love and Friendship Reign’. The Claddagh ring design traditionally shows a pair of hands holding a heart, which carries a crown on top of it. The heart means love, the hands mean friendship and the crown represents the nobility of those three qualities.
This piece of Connemara jewelry is made in Ireland and stamped with an Irish Hallmark to prove its silver content and place of manufacture. The Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle stamp the Hallmark on the body of the silver cross. The Assay Office is an independent third party State appointed test laboratory that guarantees the precious metal content. Irish Hallmarks provide the final consumer with a unique guarantee of the precious metal content that lasts for the lifetime of the product
Master Craftsmen & Craftswomen
The metal craftsmen and craftswomen that design, cast and hand finish your jewelry are masters of their craft and they follow in a long tradition of precious metal work in Ireland that is evidenced by the largest native collection of gold artifacts of any museum in the world in the Irish National Museum in Dublin.
All our presentation boxes are handmade and include a non-tarnish pouch to ensure that the jewel arrives to you in the condition that it left the silver polishers hands.