Legend has it that the Claddagh symbol was originated by Richard Joyce, a Galway seafarer kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa where he learned the art of a goldsmith. When he was released, nothing could keep him from his beloved Galway where he returned to become a master goldsmith and where he created the Claddagh ring. For centuries this was used as a wedding ring by the fisher folk of Claddagh village, which nestled outside the walls of Galway city in the west of Ireland. Claddagh rings are worn as friendship, engagement or wedding rings depending on how they are worn. Friendship: by placing the ring anywhere on your right hand. Engagement: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing outwards. Wedding: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing inwards towards your heart. The symbols of the Claddagh are the Heart, Crown and Hands for Love, Loyalty and Friendship.
Made in Ireland
January – Garnet – Believed to have gotten its name from the Latin word for ‘seed”, it was so named because it had the same colour as the pomegranate seed. It is believed to be the stone of regeneration and order, bringing order to chaos and is a stone of protection.
February – Amethyst – Often known as the artist’s stone, is believed to aid creativity. It is also known as the stone of protection, tranquillity and contentment. The ancient Greeks gave it its name which means “without intoxication” believing it to protect again poisoning.
March – Aquamarine – An astonishing blue colour, this stone takes its name from the Latin phrase for ‘seawater’. For centuries it was the lucky stone of sailors and legend has it that it was a prized possession of mermaids. It is also known as the stone of communication and courage, often given by lovers as a symbol of commitment and fidelity.
April – Cubic Zirconia – Crystal clear brilliance and diamond like, this is a stone of clarity and creativity. Colourless, it symbolises truth and openness and reflects everything around it.
May – Emerald – Unrivalled for colour by any other gemstone, the emerald was considered to be the stone of prophecy, loved by Cleopatra and the sacred stone of the Greek goddess of love, Venus. It is the stone of love, compassion and healing.
June – Alexandrite – Named after the Russian Czar Alexander 11, this stone is considered to be a stone of prosperity and longevity. It is also said to strengthen intuition, creativity, and imagination and encourage romance.
July – Ruby – The ruby is the captivating stone of nobility named for its rich red colour. It is said to promote courage, success, heightened awareness and concentration. Of course it is also considered to be the stone of passion and was highly prized by Chinese emperor Kublai Khan.
August – Peridot – Considered a sacred gift form Mother Nature, peridot has a lovely olive green hue and was in fact originally named ‘olivine’. It is the stone of prosperity, growth and wellbeing.
September – Blue Sapphire – The stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. To the ancient and medieval world blue sapphire signified the height of hope and faith and believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was also a symbol of power and strength, of kindness and wise judgment.
October – Pink Tourmaline – The stone of unconditional love and friendship, pink tourmaline is believed to be the stone of artists, authors, actors and those in creative fields. It is known for its soothing effects, love, tolerance and kindness.
November – Citrine – The success stone. Citrine is a joyful stone believed to bring good fortune and good luck. It is often called the happy stone because it is said to bring happiness to the person who carries or wears it.
December – Blue Topaz – This sparking blue stone evokes images of the wind, sky and water and is the colour of calm and peace. Often associated with loyalty and love, this gemstone represents eternal romance and friendship.
Weight: 1.8gms approx.
Width: 11.9mm / Height: 19mm approx.
Includes 18″ Spiga chain