Sterling Silver Irish and Celtic Claddagh Rings & Bands
Irish Claddagh Ring
Irish Claddagh: The hands symbolically means friendship.
The crown is symbolic of loyalty and fidelity.
The Heart symbolizes love.
In my hands I hold your heart crowning it with all my love.
Celtic Wedding Rings
Because of the Claddaugh ring meaning... The Irish Claddagh ring is a great wedding ring, promise ring, friendship ring and a great Irish heritage ring.
The Irish Claddagh Ring Meaning includes the Legend of Richard Joyce and the Claddagh ring:
The story of how Richard Joyce created the Claddagh symbol is as much legend as it is history.
The story goes that Richard Joyce who lived in a small fishing village named Claddagh Ireland, left on a ship bound to the plantations of the West Indies. That week he was supposed to be married.
The ship Joyce was on was captured by Mediterranean Algerian pirates and the crew were sold as slaves.
Joyce was sold to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him in his craft. Richard Joyce became a master in the goldsmith trade. While doing so he crafted a ring for the women he was supposed to marry.
He could not forget her. She was the inspiration to the design of the Claddagh Ring.
In 1689 Joyce was released by pressure from King William III.
The story goes that the Moorish Goldsmith offered Richard half of his wealth and his only daughters hand in marriage if he would stay. Joyce refused and went back home to Claddagh, Ireland. Claddagh ring in hand.
Richard returned home and found his fiancé had never married. Richard gave her the ring and they were married.
He set up a goldsmith shop in his home town of Claddagh, Ireland.
The Claddagh symbol as mentioned is a pair of hands holding a heart with a crown on top of the heart.
These elements had all been used in jewelry before but the Claddagh is the first known use of all three together. The hands represent friendship. The heart is symbolic of love and the crown means loyalty or fidelity.
Another Legend Or Claddagh Ring History
In earlier times before the richd Joyce story...In the Claddagh village the design of the Claddagh village ring was the symbol of the “fishing Kings of Claddagh” the meaning being then “in love and friendship let us reign”.
The heart symbolizes love, the hands symbolizes friendship and the crown loyalty.
The popularity of the Claddagh ring was helped by the mass exodus from Ireland during the great potatoe famine 1845-50.
Some famous historic wearers of the Claddagh ring were Queen Victoria and Edward VII.
The Governor of New York mentioned that over 200 Claddagh rings had been recovered from the attack on the world trade center on September 11th 2001.
This lesser known and least believed legend of the Claddagh ring contains the name of Joyce as well.
Margaret Joyce inherited a huge amount of money from her late husband named Domingo de Rona. He was a wealthy Spanish merchant trading with Galway in Ireland. She later married the Mayor of Galway in 1596 (Oliver Og French) and used her inherited wealth to construct many bridges in Connacht.
The first Cladagh ring was supposed to be her providential reward and was dropped by an eagle into her lap.