CLADDAGH PENDANT HY 9247
This highly attractive Sterling Silver Claddagh Pendant is an Irish love token: “With these hands I crown you with my heart.” It is from the Hamilton & Young Jewelers and designers collection and is crafted entirely in the finest 925 Sterling Silver. It comes with a 16″ Sterling Silver chain and is shipped in a quality black and gold presentation box. It measures approximately .69″ x 1.10″
The Claddagh ( Irish: Cladach, which means “The Shore”) jewelry is named after one of the oldest fishing villages in Ireland. The village of Claddagh is near the city of Galway. There are a number of legends regarding its origin, from a young fisherman who wanted to make sure his sweetheart would not forget him while he was at sea, to a young man who was taken captive and sold to a goldsmith as a slave. When he eventually returned to Ireland, he presented his sweetheart with this ring he had made for her. Either way, the ring is popular among those of Irish heritage both as a friendship and wedding ring and is worn by both men and women. The traditional design consists of two clasped hands holding a crowned heart. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and the crown represents loyalty and devotion. When worn on the right hand with the crown pointing outward, the wearer shows they are single and not in a relationship. When on the right hand with the crown facing inward, the person is letting everyone know they are single, but in a relationship with someone. Worn on the left hand facing outward means the person is engaged and on the left hand, facing inward, the person s married. The ring is traditionally passed on to the next generation and kept in the family by giving it to the first daughter to be married. If there is no daughter, it is passed down to the first daughter-in-law.