Small Silver Claddagh Stud Earrings by Solvar. Each pair of Claddagh stud earrings has been handcrafted in Ireland, and subsequently hallmarked in Dublin Castle. These earrings have butterfly backs. The Small Silver Claddagh Stud Earrings can be packaged in a gift box on request. Please let us know via the comment box at checkout.
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, and 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. So popular is the Claddagh Ring because of this popularity, the symbol is found in earrings, pendants, brooches and more. You can wear your earrings by themselves, or complete the look with a matching ring and pendant. This style is best matched with this pendant.
While the original Claddagh Ring was made of yellow gold, you will see versions in rose gold, white gold, sterling silver and other metals.