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The Stories Of Celtic Jewelry

The most recognized piece of Celtic jewelry is the Ring of Claddagh. It is in the shape of a heart held in 2 hands with a crown on top. The typical version originates from Galway. The 2 hands represent friendship, the heart is love and the crown means commitment.

There are several stories that explain the origin of this famous Celtic jewelry. Probably the most romantic has to do with a Royal prince who falls for the daughter of a farmer. The woman was aware that her father would think that the Prince was only thinking about a dalliance. The Prince designed the Claddagh ring as an engagement ring to signify his devotion, love and friendship and proposed to her. When her father understood the meaning of the ring, he provided his true blessing. This reveals that absolutely nothing states "love" like Celtic jewelry.

An additional story has to do with Margareth of the Joyce clan. In 1569, she wed the Mayor of Galway after losing her first spouse. She used her inheritance from her first marital relationship to have bridges constructed to Connacht, benefiting individuals of Galway. To reward her generosity of spirit, an eagle flying overhead dropped the first Claddagh ring into her lap. This reveals that absolutely nothing states "thank you" like Celtic jewelry.

An additional version, perhaps the most historical, has to do with Richard of the Joyce clan from Galway. One day, he sailed to the West Indies on business, promising to return to marry his fiancee. His ship was overtaken and he was sold as a servant to a goldsmith in Algiers. He learned the craft from his Moorish master. When William III ascended the throne, he demanded the release of all British slaves from the Moors. The goldsmith provided Richard his only daughter's hand in marriage and half of his possessions if he would remain and with him. Richard decided, rather, to return to Galway and find his love. He took with him the first Claddagh ring which he had forged while working as a goldsmith. He gave it to his fiancee who had waited and expected his return throughout the fourteen years of his servitude and they were wed. This shows that absolutely nothing says "fidelity" like Celtic jewelry.

If this appears like a great deal of stories and meanings for one piece of Celtic jewelry, a little look at Irish history will reveal that this is only typical for Celtic jewelry.Bridal Jewelry\nFor more Info


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