The Claddagh Legend
Over time the Claddagh ring has evolved into an Irish icon finding particular popularity toward the end of the 20th century. The hands suggest friendship the heart love and the crown fidelity. A romantic myth of the 1600s relays the story of a man named Richard Joyce from Galway Ireland who was kidnapped on his way to the West Indian slave plantations and held captive by a goldsmith. Joyce grew into a master craftsman under this man’s tutelage. When Joyce was finally released he reunited with his long-time love in Galway giving her what most believe to be the very first Claddagh ring. In current-day Ireland many couples wear these rings to denote their marriage.
A Perfect Promise
The man who proposes to his beloved with this ring sees her as a gem in his life deserving of only the most exquisite of gifts and promises. He is proud to hand over his tender heart for her keeping. The deep green of the emerald stands for an innocent love that the troubles of the outside world will never compromise. The diamonds flashing with the slightest of the wearer’s movements broadcast the magical quality of that love.
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