Sterling silver claddagh ring featuring an inset of connemara marble for the heart of the ring. This unique piece marriages the claddagh and connemara marble which both originate from the same area in Ireland. The claddagh symbol represents love, friendship and loyalty. The ring measures .48 inches (12mm) at the front.
The Claddagh Legend has it that the claddagh symbol was originated by Richard Joyce, a Galway seafarer kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa where he learned the art of goldsmithing. When he was released, nothing could keep him from his beloved Galway where he returned to become a master goldsmith and where he created the Claddagh ring. For centuries this was used as a wedding ring by the fisher folk of Claddagh village, which nestled outside the walls of Galway city in the west of Ireland.
Claddagh rings are worn as friendship, engagement or wedding rings depending on how they are worn:
Friendship - by placing the ring anywhere on your right hand.
Engagement - by placing the ring on third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing outwards.
Wedding - represented by wearing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing inwards towards your heart.
This piece is tested and hallmarked in Dublin Castle by the Assay master in accordance with laws dating back to the 17th century, this is your guarantee of the carat of the metal.
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