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Symbolic Claddagh ring. Yellow gold, diamond Claddagh wedding ring

Yellow gold, diamond wedding ring. Symbolic Claddagh ring

Symbolic Claddagh ring
The iconic Irish ring depicts two hands holding a crowned heart. Each element of this Celtic design symbolizes love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). Noteworthy, among Irish jewelry Claddagh Ring is the most famous.
The ‘Claddagh’ takes its name from the Irish village. Traditionally, it is given as a sign of friendship, and as a wedding ring. One of the stories associated with the ring goes as follows:
A young man Richard Joyce, a native of County Galway left his home to find work abroad. It happened back in the seventeenth century. The ship on which he traveled was attacked by Algerian pirates, and Joyce was taken into slavery. On the eastern market he was sold to one Moorish goldsmith, from whom Joyce learned to make jewelry.
However, at the request of the British Royal Government, all English slaves were freed. Ireland was then a British colony, and Joyce was also a British citizen. The jeweler loved the talented guy and even offered him to marry his daughter. But Joyce declined, because at home he had a bride, missing whom he created a golden ring in the form of two hands holding a heart with a crown. Having returned home, he gave the ring to his faithful friend, who was still waiting for him all these years. They married and settled in the village of Claddagh. Richard Joyce worked as a jeweler.

Claddagh engagement ring solitaire

Solitaire engagement ring

The fact remains that the most ancient surviving rings are labeled «RI», a goldsmith named Richard Joyce (born. Richard Ioyes) really existed. It is also noteworthy that the stigma of the jeweler includes an anchor – a symbol of hope.

According to belief, after the closure of jewelry shop of Richard Joyce in the 1730s, production of Claddagh rings stopped, and was resumed a generation later by George Robinson (born. George Robinson). Later, it began to make such rings and other jewelers Galway.

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Another story involves a prince falling in love with a commoner girl. The prince fell in love with a poor girl, but her father did not believe in his feelings. In order to prove his good intentions, the young man asked the jewelers to make a ring for him, as a representation of his love and marriage proposals. Thus appeared Symbolic Claddagh ring.

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Claddagh engagement ring solitaire

The Claddagh ring is of great importance in Ireland as a liability. This Celtic symbol is kept as a family relic.
Meanwhile, there are several ways to wear the ring.

1. The ring on the right hand with the heart pointed toward the fingertips means that he or she is alone, but ready and willing to consider offers of love.
2. The ring on the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.
3. The ring on the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, means he or she is engaged.
4. The ring on the left hand with the heart pointed toward the wrist, means the wearer is married.

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Traditional ring

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Symbolic ring

Museum of Claddagh rings

The Museum

There is a Museum of Claddagh rings, known as “the smallest museum in Europe with the largest gift shop”. It stores rings, made in the workshops of Nicolas Bёrdzha, Richard Joyce and George Robinson. Also, it has the smallest existing Claddagh ring fit on the pad of the little finger. Rings for exposure are partly found in the process of archaeological excavations; one of the archaeological finds of ten rings of Dillon was worth a total of more than 6,000 euros.

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Silver tone ring

The Claddagh Ring Pub in London

In London, there is a fairly well-known Irish pub The Claddagh Ring, founded in 1991. The pub, made in medieval wooden decoration includes the Symbolic Claddagh ring

Claddagh engagement ring solitaire

Engagement ring

Symbolic Claddagh ring

Precious ring

Claddagh rings can sometimes appear in films. For example, “The Doors” directed by Oliver Stone. In the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Angel gives Buffy a ring as a sign of love, and he himself also has a ring. Andy Stewart sang a song The Gold Claddagh Ring. Such artists as Margo and Dermot O’Brien played in the Old Claddagh Rings. In addition, James Joyce mentioned the ring in his novel “Ulysses». Also, Robert Lynn Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye in “Spells for special agents”, David Levitan in “Kingdom of opportunity”, Justin Somper in “Vampirates. Demons of the Ocean”, William Monahan in “Dining Late with Claude La Badarian”, and others.

Leap Year, 2010

The hero of the 2010 film “Leap Year” Declan O’Callaghan says that during a fire would have saved the wedding ring of his mother (“So that thing I’d grab if I had 60 seconds, it’s my mother’s Claddagh ring”)

Symbolic Claddagh ring

The hands are here for friendship…

Emerald & Diamonds Claddagh Ring

Emerald & Diamonds Ring

Diamond Claddagh ring

Diamond ring

Made in Galway, Ireland 1750-1800 Claddagh ring of engraved gold. Jeweler Andrew Robinson

Made in Galway, Ireland 1750-1800 ring of engraved gold. Jeweler Andrew Robinson

Emerald heart, Claddagh ring of 14kt yellow gold and diamond

Emerald heart ring of 14kt yellow gold and diamond

Claddagh ring

Silver ring