|Story of the Claddagh Ring
Misty fables surrounds one of Ireland's unique treasures,
"The Claddagh" a symbol of Love, Friendship and Fidelity.
Some 400 years ago in a fishing village called Claddagh
overlooking Galway Bay, close to the city of the Tribes
lived Richard Joyce, a Master Goldsmith. It was he who crafted
this now famous design that has become part of the IRISH heritage.
The Claddagh Ring belongs to a widespread group of finger rings
called Fede or "Faith rings" which date from Roman times.
The "Claddagh" ring is a particularly distinctive ring with
two hands clasping a heart surmounted by a crown.
When the ring is worn on the right hand, with the crown turned inwards
the world may see the heart is yet unoccupied.
Worn on the right hand, with the crown turned outwards,
it is clear that a love is being considered.
When the ring is worn on the left hand, with the crown outwards,
it means lovers have become inseparable.