There is perhaps no greater symbol of Romantic Ireland and enduring love than a Claddagh Ring. Crafted in Ireland, it echoes a tale of devotion retold over the centuries. Once upon a time, a Richard Joyce from Claddagh, Co, Galway was captured by Moor pirates and sold into slavery. During this time he became a master in the Goldsmith Trade. Far from his native land, he held the memory of his sweetheart deep in his heart. Eight years later, on his safe return to Galway, he was delighted to find that her heart remained his. Forged with the skills he learnt during his imprisonment his gift to her was a Claddagh ring as a token of his enduring love. Even now we can all add our own chapter to the story by how we wear it. On your right hand with its heart facing outwards, it shows that your heart is not yet taken. Turn its heart inwards and you'll let admirers know that love is a possibility. But if you wear it on your left hand, with its heart turned inwards towards your own, there can be no doubt. Wear it and be part of a never ending love story. It is a traditional Irish wedding ring with the symbols having intense resonance here. The heart signifies love, the hands means friendship and the crown represents loyalty.
Award winning Solvar Irish Jewellers have incorporated this iconic symbol into their Tara collection of rhodium plated pendants.