ShanOre artists have elongated the traditional Claddagh symbol to create unique shoulders on this exquisite engagement ring. A round-cut diamond selected by the gentleman planning to propose is the centerpiece. He may choose 14K yellow gold or 14K white gold for the setting.
The Claddagh Tradition
In Irish folklore, multiple theories about the origin of the Claddagh abound. The most popular is the story about Richard Joyce of Galway, who was kidnapped by pirates on his way to the West Indies to find work, and then sold to a goldsmith. After assisting this goldsmith in his craft for many years, Joyce was released, and returned to Galway to find his beloved waiting for him. He gave her a ring that he had been creating during his time in captivity. The heart of the Claddagh represents love, while the hands emphasize friendship, and the crown, fidelity.
A Seamless Bond
The gentleman who offers this ring as a symbol of his commitment to his loved one knows that she appreciates the time-honored simplicity of a solitaire diamond. He also knows that she admires the message of the Claddagh, one of the world’s most recognizable signs of affection and loyalty. She likes the way that the shoulders, fashioned to fit seamlessly within the lines of the band, suggest that these virtues in a marriage are non-negotiable. The way that this ring design plays with the conventional shape of the Claddagh reflects the ability of the bride-to-be to see the world from a variety of angles.