Drop shape Connemara marble contained in a openwork silver filigree Claddagh design Earrings. 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 two qualities. The original Claddagh design was by Richard Joyce of Galway, a namesake and distant cousin of the Seller. Irish Connemara Green Marble is a decorative marble, valued for its banded and rippled patterns and multifarious shades of green colour. The many hues of green are particularly noteworthy, ranging from the night green of the mineral diopside, to dark green of actinolite, to lighter green of talc, to sea green of chlorite, and to pistachio green of epidote. The marble in your piece of jewelry will be different from the marble in the photograph. This is its charm and makes the piece of Ireland in your jewelry unique to you. The Seller specially selects the best gem quality green colour from their quarry for your jewelry. The silver 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 artefacts’ 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 polishers hands.