Ladies Silver Oxidised Claddagh Ring by Solvar. This modern style features the Claddagh at the center of the band. The contemporary “blackened” look is as a result of the oxidised silver used. Each Claddagh ring has been handcrafted in Ireland, and subsequently hallmarked in Dublin Castle. Each Gents Silver Oxidised Claddagh Ring comes in a beautiful giftbox.
The story of the Claddagh Ring
The Claddagh Ring gets its name from the old fishing village of the Claddagh, on Galway Bay. It is said to have been created by a member of the Joyce family. Richard Joyce, from the Claddagh, was captured and made prisoner by the Moors. It was during this period that he was trained to become a goldsmith, creating beautiful jewellery for Moorish rulers. When the ruling English King demanded the release of English subjects, Richard regained his freedom. He made his way home to the West Coast of Ireland. Returning after several long years, his sweetheart was waiting for him. He designed the Claddagh Ring and gave it to her as a symbol of his enduring love.
How to wear the Claddagh Ring
The ring itself consists of two hands holding a heart, upon which lays a crown.
‘With these hands I give you my heart, and I crown it with my loyalty’.
It has traditionally been passed down from mother to daughter, so many Claddagh rings are family heirlooms. However, it is also given as a token of friendship or love. The ring is unusual in that there are a number of ways to wear it, and so each way reveals the relationship status of the wearer.
- Worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to your finger nail, it signals the wearer is single.
- Worn on the same finger with the heart pointing to the wrist, it signals that the wearers heart is taken.
- Move it over to the left ring finger and by pointing the heart to the fingernail it can be used as an engagement ring.
- Last but not least it can also be worn as a wedding band. You can do this by simply pointing the heart to the wrist.
While the original Claddagh Ring was made of yellow gold, you will see versions in rose gold, white gold, sterling silver and other metals.