Black Hills Gold Celtic Irish Claddagh Ladies Ring NEW
The front of this ring is about 3/8" wide at the widest point.
Created by Coleman Black Hills Gold Jewelry
The heart center of this ring is created with a classic Black Hills Gold design of a 12K pink and green leaf on a 10K yellow gold shank.
This ring is available in sizes 4 - 9, including half-sizes at no extra cost.
** Please indicate your ring size with your payment.
The ring is shipped in a gift box.
Included is a certificate of authenticity and lifetime guaranty against defects and workmanship.
The Meaning Of The Claddagh Ring
The meaning of the claddagh ring is if great significance. Over the years the cladagh ring has brought up designs with minor variations but the basic meaning and significance of the Irish claddagh ring has not been chaged. The hands of the ring are shown holding a heart. The hands signify friendship and togetherness. The heart signifies love. The crown of the claddagh ring signifies loyalty. The meaning and symbolism of claddagh rings make them a perfect choice for all occassions. Wedding rings, friendship rings, engagement rings, father's day and mothers day rings to name just a few occassions these rings are given.
The spiritual meaning of the Irish claddagh ring categorizes them as faith rings.
Some say that the meaning of the Claddagh ring is: Let Love and Friendhsip Reign Forever.
The Claddagh & Irish Tradition
The Claddagh ring dates back over 300 years. It began in a small fishing village in Ireland called the Claddagh. The word Claddagh originates from the Irish term, An Cladach. An Cladach means: a flat stony shore. This ancient village consisted of narrow winding streets and small thatched roofed mud houses. Of course, all of that has now been replaced with modern life but the tradition of the Claddagh ring continues. This tradition has grown strong in many parts of the world.
Two Theories Explaining The First Cladagh Irish Ring
1.) Margaret Joyce inherited a huge amount of money from her late husband named Domingo de Rona. He was a wealthy Spanish merchant trading with Galway in Ireland. She later married the Mayor of Galway in 1596 (Oliver Og French)and used her inherited wealth to construct many bridges in Connacht. The first Cladagh ring was supposed to be her providential reward and was dropped by an eagle into her lap.
2.) A native of Galway by the name of Richard Joyce was captured by the Algerians and sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith. Later in 1689 William III of England demanded the release of all British subjects and Richard Joyce was released from slavery too. The Moorish goldsmith offered Richard Joyce a major portion of his wealth and also his only daughter in marriage, if he agreed to stay in Algiers. The story goes that, Richard Joyce refused all the tempting offers and returned to his native city with the first Claddagh ring.
Proper Wearing Of A Claddagh Ring
The meaning and significance of the Claddagh ring is not just in the crown, heart and clasping hands, it also extends to the hand on which the ring is worn and the direction in which the crown on the ring points. In case of a married or engaged person, Claddagh rings are worn on the left hand with the crown pointing away from the heart of the person wearing the ring. If a person is willing to consider love, the ring is traditionally worn on the right hand with the crown pointing away from the heart. If the person is not interested in starting a relationship, the Cladagh ring is worn on the right hand with the crown pointing towards the heart.