The origins of the Claddagh ring stretch back over 300 years to the fishing village of Claddagh just outside the city walls of Galway. It is from there, on the shores of Galway Bay, that the first Claddagh ring was made and legend of the Claddagh began. Since then, the custom of using the Claddagh ring as a traditional Irish wedding ring has been passed down through generations of Irish families. Today the Claddagh ring is now famous throughout The World as the symbol of love, friendship and loyalty, represented by the heart, hands and crown of the Claddagh symbol.
The legendary story tells of how a fishing boat from a Galway village was captured by pirates and the crew taken and sold as slaves. One of the crew, Richard Joyce, (who was due to be married that very week) was sold to a Moorish Goldsmith. During his years in captivity he never forgot his love back home and so he made a ring of gold for her which today is known as the Claddagh ring and is famous the world over. Learn more about the history of the Claddagh Ring here.
The Claddagh ring has become popular throughout the world because of its rich Irish history and peculiar design incorporating the symbolism of the heart, hands and crown representing love, friendship and loyalty. How the ring is worn tells a story about the person wearing it:
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