claddagh-rings
Claddagh Rings

Claddagh Rings

The Claddagh ring is the Irish expression of friendship, loyalty and love and we presents several collections that are crafted in silver or in gold.
The Irish Gift House features Claddagh ring selections that are worn by men, women, and smaller versions that are suitable for children. Traditionally Claddagh rings are universally shared between friends, family and those who are dear to your heart.

A Claddagh ring may also be used as a promise or as an engagement ring, and it is commonly called the Irish wedding ring.

All our Claddagh rings and Claddagh wedding rings are gift boxed with the Claddagh legend and the Galway folklore that explains the proper way to wear your ring. Select from over 200 Claddagh rings and bands that are crafted from sterling silver or gold and either with or without diamonds or various stones, but know that each one is made in Ireland and is hall marked by the Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle.

There are many different versions of the Claddagh legend; so who is to know which version is correct? The Claddagh legend that we use at The Irish Gift House is the same version that was supplied to us by O'Connor Jewelry. O'Connor Jewelry was the Irish jeweler that in the late 1940's opened the Claddagh ring market in the United States, so we figure they knew what they were talking about. We would ask our original Irish jeweler how they came to use their particular version of the Claddagh legend, but sadly both Thomas O'Connor and his son James have both passed on and the company has been defunct for many years.

As long as your version of the Claddagh ring legend references the Galway fishing village of Claddagh and the three elements of the Claddagh ring, heart, crown and hands which symbolize love, loyalty and friendship, you are on the right track.[1]
Below is our version of the enchanted Irish legend.
[1] Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claddagh.

The Claddagh Legend - Early 16th century legend tells that a fishing boat, from the village of Claddagh in County Galway, Ireland, was captured by pirates and the crew taken as slaves. One of the crew-members, Richard Joyce, was to have been married the same week he was captured. His bride-to-be was inconsolable.

Years went by and Richard became a master of his trade as a gold-smith. His skillful hands shaped a unique ring for the girl he could never forget. The design of the Claddagh ring was born of their love. At the center a heart, symbolizing their love, on top a crown, symbolizing their loyalty, and two hands holding the heart, symbolizing the caring friendship they shared.

After eight years, Richard escaped and returned to his native village of Claddagh. He found, to his great joy, that the girl he could not forget had not forgotten him and she had never married. He gave to her the special ring he had crafted. They married soon afterwards, never to be separated again.