What is a Claddagh Necklace?
Claddagh necklaces or pendants are a creative take on the well-known Claddagh rings. As with the ring, it is a distinctive part of Irish heritage and is a symbol for friendship, loyalty, and love. The design of a Claddagh necklace typically consists of an outward-facing heart shape, with two hands clasped from above the heart, and topped by a crown.
The Claddagh design is credited to a 17th-century Irish goldsmith named Richard Joyce. He designed what was to become known as the Claddagh ring after being enslaved by Algerians en-route to the West Indies. When he was eventually freed, he returned to Galway and created the Claddagh ring.
How to wear a claddagh necklace?
When it comes to a Claddagh ring, there is a symbolic meaning depending on which hand or finger you wear it. But, you can wear a Claddagh pendant in much the same way as you would any other necklace.
As well as representing friendship, loyalty, and love, a Claddagh necklace from Ireland is also a very popular fashion accessory these days. With that in mind, one can wear a Claddagh pendant with virtually any outfit. Before putting on a Claddagh pendant, it is important to check that the chain is of the correct diameter for your neck.
Where can You buy a Claddagh Necklace?
There are many sources of Claddagh pendants, both online and in conventional jewelry shops. But, when you buy a Claddagh pendant from Irish Jewelry Craft, you can rest assured knowing you have purchased an authentic and expertly-crafted piece of jewelry.
At Irish Jewelry Craft, we also stock an exquisite range of Irish rings, brooches and earrings, so why not browse our selection of jewelry online to find the perfect piece for you!