The name 'Claddagh' was the name of a small fishing village in County Galway, West Ireland where a man named Richard Joyce was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa. Joyce was trained as a goldsmith and created the Claddagh as the symbol of his beloved village. Once released, Joyce (and the Claddagh) returned to Galway as a master goldsmith.
As popular as ever, Claddagh rings are still worn as a symbol of friendship, engagement or wedding rings. Tradition says they are to be worn as follows:
Friendship - the ring is worn anywhere on the right hand.
Engagement - the ring is worn on third finger of your left hand with the tip of the heart pointing outwards.
Married - the ring is worn on the third finger of your left hand with the tip of the heart pointing towards your own heart.
Unique Claddagh Wedding Bands and Claddagh Engagement Rings come in variety of styles and each is exquisite. The Claddagh bands we offer are all handcrafted in Dublin Ireland from award winning companies such as Fado, Shanore and Boru. From Canada Keith Jack Claddagh Rings. Alternative Metals from GETi (made in the UK) and Lashbrook Designs (made in the USA.