The classic Claddagh design is not just for rings. You can wear it more prominently as a Claddagh pendant if you prefer. Your birthstone or another sparkling gem gives it a flash of color, while some Celtic knot work can add some visual intrigue. Love, friendship and loyalty are values central to Irish culture and to any healthy relationship. This is a beautiful design with a beautiful story behind it of enduring love that survived separation when Richard Joyce, a Galway fisherman, was abducted at sea and sold into slavery to a goldsmith. He returned years later and presented his true love with the first Claddagh ring.