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9ct Gold Claddagh Ring

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The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring. The story behind the Claddagh is In the early 16th century an Irish man by the name of Richard Joyce was fishing off the coast of Galway a week before he was to be married when his currach (boat) capsized. Richard was captured by pirates, taken to West Africa and sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith. Years passed and Richard escaped captivity and returned home to Ireland to find that the girl he loved had never married. Richard shaped a unique ring for the girl he left behind. The ring was fashioned of three symbols: the hands signifying Friendship, holding a heart signifying love, topped with a crown for loyalty. Richard and his love married and settled in the village of Claddagh. The village no longer exists but since those early days the Claddagh ring has been worn as a sign of Love, Loyalty and Friendship. When wearing the ring the heart pointed toward you means your heart is taken, the heart pointed away from you means your heart is free.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginModern (1960s onwards), Irish
Current Size UK Y, US 12, French 67 ½, Japanese 26 Eligible for Free Sizing
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ConditionVery good
ProvenanceIrish