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The Claddagh Symbol and Meanings

In the early 16th century an Irish man by the name of Richard Joyce was fishing off the coast of Galway a week before he was to be married when his currach (boat) capsized. Richard was captured by pirates, taken to West Africa and sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith. Years passed and Richard escaped captivity and returned home to Ireland to find that the girl he loved had never married. Richard shaped a unique ring for the girl he left behind. The ring was fashioned of three symbols; the hands signifying Friendship, holding a heart signifying love, topped with a crown for loyalty. Richard and his love married and settled in the village of Claddagh. The village no longer exists but since those early days the Claddagh ring has been worn as a sign of Love, Loyalty and Friendship. When wearing the ring the heart pointed toward you means your heart is taken: the heart pointed away from you means your heart is free. Worn on the left ring finger, heart pointed toward you represents a wedding band. Although traditionally used as a wedding band, the Claddagh ring has come to be worn as a friendship ring as well.

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Claddagh Celtic Knot Rings in Sterling Silver
Celtic Claddagh Rings
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Celtic Claddagh Rings
Pewter Claddagh Cake Servers, 10 1/2
Claddagh Cake Server
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Claddagh Cake Server
Pewter Claddagh Coins with Friendship, Loyalty and Love, Pack of 12
PT188 Irish Wedding Favor Claddagh Coins, Pack of 12
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PT188 Irish Wedding Favor Claddagh Coins, Pack of 12
Pewter Claddagh Coins with Friendship, Loyalty and Love, Pack of 12
Men's Claddagh Watch
6020 Men's Claddagh Watch
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6020 Men's Claddagh Watch
Men's Claddagh Watch
Claddagh Flutes
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Claddagh Flutes
Claddagh Pendants in Sterling Silver set Crystals
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Claddagh Pendants in Sterling Silver set Crystals
Claddagh Pendants in Sterling Silver set with Crystals. Gift Boxed and Made in Ireland. Width is Approx. 3/4 inch
Claddagh Brooch
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Claddagh Brooch
Claddagh Brooch Sterling Silver
Pewter Claddagh Cake Knives with Stainless Steel Blade, 13
P39 Claddagh Cake Knife
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P39 Claddagh Cake Knife
Pewter Claddagh Cake Knives with Stainless Steel Blade, 13" Long
Claddagh Wedding Serving Tray
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Claddagh Wedding  Serving Tray
Claddagh Wedding Serving Tray Pottery
Claddagh Love Knot Band
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Claddagh Love Knot Band
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