History of the Claddagh

One of the most prominent symbols of love and friendship is the Claddagh Ring, whose history dates back over 300 years to the ancient fishing village of Claddagh.

As legend has it, a fishing boat was captured by pirates off the shores of Galway, and its men were sold into slavery. One man, Richard Joyce, was to be wed that very week. Joyce toiled for eight years as a goldsmith before escaping and returning to his beloved Claddagh.

When he found his true love waiting for him, he slipped a ring he had forged himself onto her finger. It symbolized their undying devotion: two arms of friendship embracing a loving heart, crowned by loyalty.


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