Welcome to Royal Claddagh at
Claddagh.com in Ireland - the world's specialist Claddagh jewellers.
Claddagh Royale - l'anneau Claddagh d'Irlande, l'anneau traditionnel de
mariage et d'amitiι. We hope you enjoy your visit to our store and share
something of the
Claddagh story and tradition with us.
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Guarantee of Authenticity
Under Irish law dating back to 1637,
in the reign of Charles I, all jewellery of precious metals
continue to be stamped with the official State hallmark - the traditional letter
symbol for the year it was crafted, a fineness mark guaranteeing
the purity of the gold, and the official insignia of the Irish
Assay Office in Dublin Castle, the seat of the Irish Government.
The Story of the
Legend has it that an Irish young man, Richard Joyce, bound
for the West Indian slave plantations was kidnapped himself
in rough seas by a band of Mediterranean pirates and sold to
a Moorish goldsmith. Then over the many long years of his
exile the Moor trained him to perfect the skills of a master craftsman.
When in 1689 King William III negotiated the return of the
slaves, Joyce returned to Galway - despite, it is said, the
Moor's offer of his daughter's hand with a
princely dowry of half of all his wealth. However, back in Ireland a
young woman still faithfully waited for the return of her
true love. On his return, happily ever after, he presented her with
this now famous Royal Claddagh ring - a symbol of their
enduring love. Two hands to represent their friendship, the
crown to honour King William and to signify their loyalty and lasting fidelity, and the sign of the heart to
symbolise their eternal love for each other.
With this crown; I give my loyalty
these hands; I offer my service
With this heart;
I give you mine
in love, in friendship, let us reign