|The history of the claddagh ring dates back to the
early 16th century, and to the
village of claddagh.
Legend tells us that pirates captured a village fishing boat and the crew was taken
as slaves. One of the crew, a man named Richard Joyce was to have been married
the same week of the capture.
As the years went by neither married, Richard Joyce was put to work at the trade
of goldsmithing, never forgetting his girl back home. He made a ring of gold
for her, with a heart for love, a crown for loyalty, and two hands for friendship.
Eventually, after eight years he escaped his captors and returned to his village, and
to his great joy he found she had never given up hope of seeing him again. He gave
her the ring he had made for her. They married, never to be separated again.
Worn on the right hand, crown turned inwards, your heart is yet unoccupied.
Worn on the right hand, crown turned outwards shows a special commitment
Worn of the left hand, crown outwards - let our love and friendship reign forever,
never to be separated.