All our rings continue the
centuries old tradition of the Claddagh and official hallmarking
in Dublin Castle of all Irish gold, silver and platinum
jewellery made in Ireland. Royal Claddagh guarantees all its
jewellery for authenticity and quality.
All our rings and jewellery are solid gold and silver, stamped "Made in Ireland", and more importantly officially assayed, i.e. tested for purity, and hallmarked for their quality and Irish origin by the Company of Goldsmiths in Dublin Castle.
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.
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 today.
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"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.
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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
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.