Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and the Claddagh Ring

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Seems Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent their private honeymoon in Ireland’s romantic Castle Oliver. I can’t say I even know who Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are. They do look lovely and are obviously famous to someone. They certainly make the news. Castle Oliver, I can honestly report is indeed a magical red sandstone Victorian era Scottish Baronial style ‘castle’ in the foothills of the Ballyhouras in County Limerick – a perfect private retreat. (Apparently it also has the largest wine-cellar in Ireland. What’s not to like.)

How we know I can’t imagine but the celebrity pages have reported that Kanye West bought his wife a solid silver Claddagh ring before they left for Prague – certainly fitting for a honeymoon in an Irish castle. Of all the over-the-top and of all the expensive blinginess which appears to surround them this is definitely one authentic, elegant, and nicely ordinary part of the story. We can’t take it away from him that he bought the Claddagh in the airport gift shop (according to the Herald). Irish Central report it was “very expensive” though I very much doubt it. A Claddagh ring is a Claddagh ring – it comes in one flavour here in Ireland: ordinary, real, traditional, and most importantly, authentic. (Let’s hope she wears it and it talks to her in her sleep. Authentic is good.)

“Romantic rap star Kanye West splashed out on a silver Claddagh ring for new wife Kim Kardashian before the newlyweds left Ireland.

The All of the Lights hit maker reportedly made sure the reality TV star had a heartfelt memento to remember her time here.

They enjoyed four nights in some of Ireland’s most luxurious places before jetting off to Prague on their private plane.”  Irish Mirror, 30th May 2014.

Last weekend, Kim Kardashian decorated her already bling-tastic fingers with a beautiful wedding ring when she married Kanye West, and if reports are to be believed it seems that this week she added another poignant ring to her accessories collection.

According to the Irish Mirror, the rapper treated his bride to a silver Claddagh ring before they left the Emerald Isle as a keepsake from their romantic Irish honeymoon. While many were surprised that the superstar pair shunned a more tropical getaway with white sandy beaches for the unreliable Irish climate, reports suggest that the couple enjoyed a relaxing and private holiday.” RSVP Magazine, 31st May, 2014.

“KIM Kardashian is the proud owner of a silver Claddagh ring – a memento bought for her by her new husband Kanye West.

They boarded the plane out of sight of the assembled media but, in the minutes before they left, Kanye sent one of his personal assistants into the airport duty free to purchase a number of Irish-themed gifts for family and friends.

The most elegant of these was a solid silver Claddagh ring which he presented to Kim as the plane began its take-off.” Herald, 30th May, 2014.

“Kimye’s Irish trip cost the couple $60,000, including a very expensive claddagh ring Kanye bought for his bride. However Irish tourism experts say the visit was “priceless” in terms of showcasing Ireland to a new generation of Americans.

The couple flew out of Ireland yesterday having cut their stay short by two days to go to Prague in the Czech Republic and then back to the US at the weekend.

Their stay in Ireland was a last minute decision, as bride Kim wanted to retrace her parents’ honeymoon, which also took place in the Emerald Isle.

Buying her a claddagh ring was also something her stepfather, Olympic champion Bruce Jenner, also did for his new wife.” Irish Central, 30th May, 2014.

Dublin Castle Hallmark

 

Dublin Castle, Ireland

Dublin Castle, Ireland

Crafted for Royal Claddagh in Dublin by master goldsmiths in the heart of Ireland’s capital city (est. 1907), the Royal Claddagh ring continues the centuries old tradition of the Galway Claddagh dating back to the 17th Century.

All Royal Claddagh rings and jewellery are heirloom quality solid gold and silver, stamped “Made in Ireland“, and more importantly officially assayed: tested for purity, and hallmarked for their quality and Irish origin by the Company of Goldsmiths in Dublin Castle. Genuine Irish Royal Claddagh rings continue a centuries old tradition and legal imperative of official hallmarking in Dublin Castle of all Irish gold, silver and platinum jewellery made in Ireland. This guarantees all its jewellery for authenticity and quality.

Under Irish law in 1637, pre-dating the ring, in the reign of Charles I, all jewellery of precious metals must be stamped with the official hallmark – the traditional letter symbol for the year it was crafted, a fineness mark guaranteeing the purity of the metal, and the official insignia of the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle.

The Company of Goldsmiths, as it is called, was formed, when on 22 December 1637 it was granted a charter by Charles I. The orders in this charter continue to this day and continue in the Acts of the modern Irish parliament – Dáil Éireann. It remains an offence to misrepresent the quality of jewellery under Irish law.

“5.-Subject to section 6 of this Act, a person who in the course of trade or business applies to any article which is not of precious metal a description indicating or specifying that the article is made wholly or partly of gold, silver or platinum, or who supplies or offers to supply or has in his possession for sale such an article to which such a description is applied, is guilty of the offence under section 2 of the Merchandise Marks Act, 1887, of applying a false trade description.”Hallmarking Act, 1981.

14ct Gold

 Royal Claddagh gold rings are hallmarked solid gold. A precious metal, pure gold is too malleable to work with and must be mixed in an alloy before it is strong enough to form jewellery. Carats (ct) in gold refer to the amount of pure gold in the metal. 14 carat (fineness 585) represents 14 parts in 24 – a purer gold than 9ct but remaining a strong durable alloy.

9ct Gold

Royal Claddagh gold rings are hallmarked solid gold. A precious metal, pure gold is too malleable to work with and must be mixed in an alloy before it is strong enough to form jewellery. Carats (ct) in gold refer to the amount of pure gold in the metal. 9ct (fineness 375) represents 9 parts gold in 24 – a strong durable alloy with all the beauty and shine of solid gold.

Sterling Silver

Royal Claddagh silver rings are hallmarked Sterling silver and stamped 925. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The minimum millesimal fineness is 925 – a standard of 925 parts of fine silver in each 1000. As with gold, on its own the pure precious silver metal is too weak for jewellery and is always worked as an alloy. The Sterling silver standard is its guarantee of purity.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle, where every ring must still be hallmarked. was the seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922.  While the building itself mainly dates from eighteenth century, a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171-1541), Kingdom of Ireland (1541-1800) and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800-1922).

It fulfilled a number of roles over the centuries. It was first and foremost a royal residence, resided in by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland or Viceroy of Ireland, the representative of the King or Queen. The Viceregal Apartments (now called the State Apartments) remain one of the most splendid sites in Dublin, and are the location of the inauguration of the President of Ireland. The second in command in the Dublin Castle administration, the Chief Secretary of Ireland, also had his offices there. Over the years, parliament and the law courts met there, before moving to new purpose-built venues. It also served as a military garrison.

Every Royal Claddagh in the world has been here first.

Molly Bloom

“I wanted to give him a memento he gave me that clumsy Claddagh ring for luck that I gave Gardner going to south Africa where those Boers killed him with their war and fever but they were well beaten all the same as if it brought its bad luck with it like an opal or pearl still it must have been pure 18 carrot gold because it was very heavy but what could you get in a place like that”

Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy, Ulysses by James Joyce.

Galway Bay

If you ever go across the sea to Ireland
Then maybe at the closing of your day
You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay

Just to hear again the ripple of the trout stream
The women in the meadows making hay
And to sit beside a turf fire in the cabin
And watch the barefoot gosoons at their play.

For the breezes blowing over the seas from Ireland
Are perfumed by the heather as it blows
And the women in the uplands diggin’ praties
Speak a language that the strangers do not know

For the strangers came and tried to teach us their way
They scorn’d us just for being what we are
But they might as well go chasing after moonbeams
Or light a penny candle from a star.

And if there is going to be a life hereafter
And somehow I am sure there’s going to be
I well ask my God to let me make my heaven
In that dear land across the Irish sea.

Bing Crosby, 1947
(written by Dr. Arthur Colahan)

The Old Claddagh Ring

The Old Claddagh Ring, it was my grandmother’s
She wore it a lifetime, and gave it to me
All through the long years, she wore it so proudly
It was made where the Claddagh rolls down to the sea
What tales it could tell, of trials and of hardship
And of grand happy days, when the whole world did sing
So away with your sorrow, it will bring luck tomorrow
Sure everyone loves it, the Old Claddagh Ring

With the crown and the crest, to remind us of honour
And clasping the heart that God’s blessing would bring
A circle of gold, always kept homes contented
With true love entwined in the Old Claddagh Ring
As she knelt at her prayers and thought of the dear ones
Her soft gentle smile, it would charm a king
On her worn hand, as she told me her story
You could see the bright glint of the Old Claddagh Ring

It was her gift to me, and it made me so happy
With this on my finger, my heart beats would ring
No king on his throne could be half so happy
As I am when wearing my Old Claddagh Ring
When the angels above call me up to heaven
In the heart of the Claddagh, their voices will sing
“Away with your sorrows, you’ll be with us tomorrow,
Be sure and bring with you, the Old Claddagh Ring”.