Why choose a Claddagh necklace?
What Claddagh Represents
The Claddagh symbol represents love, loyalty and friendship. Three of the most important values for any relationship, making the Claddagh necklace the perfect sweetheart gift for any occasion. Of course, it is also a great best friend gift as it symbolizes perfectly what is most dear in any good friendship. Choose a unique and meaningful gift to show your closest friend what their valued friendship means to you.
The Story of Claddagh
Richard James had been engaged to be married when he was taken as a slave whilst en route to the West Indies, by Algerian corsairs. Eventually being sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him in his craft. Throughout his captivity, his fiancée waited for his return, never to marry another. Joyce, who had become an accomplished goldsmith, created the Claddagh ring for his love. Once he was freed, he returned to Galway to be united with his bride-to-be. He then presented her with the first Claddagh ring.
Select Your Claddagh Ring
Now that you have chosen your perfect Claddagh necklace, why not match it up with an authentic Claddagh ring? The beauty of the Claddagh ring is that depending on what way you wear the ring, it can have different meanings. So how is the ring worn? If you are single then you should wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing outwards. If in a relationship of any kind, then wear it on your right hand with the heart pointed inwards. Once you are engaged you should wear it on your left hand with the heart pointing outwards. And finally, when you get married, you wear it on your left hand with the heart facing inward. A beautiful way of showing the world your current status. Choose from our wonderful range of Claddagh rings by clicking below.