Claddagh is one of the most recognizable styles of Irish jewelry. Claddagh earrings are a unique type of Irish earring that are named after the area in which they originate. Claddagh is a region in Ireland close to Galway city, which has grown from a small fishing village to a thriving suburb. Dating back 300 years, the legend of the Claddagh symbol found on rings and stud and drop earrings, tells the story of an amateur jeweler named Richard Joyce. Richard was captured, and while in slavery, he crafted the first Claddagh ring as a symbol of love.
Claddagh earrings are often given as gifts in Ireland and they come in a range of styles, including drop earrings and gold diamond studs. Claddagh earrings feature three symbols: a heart, a crown and a pair of hands. These three symbols represent love, loyalty and friendship. A Claddagh drop earring is among the most popular style of Irish earrings, and it is a design loved and cherished by all ages. Claddagh designs are also a popular choice for pendants, bracelets and rings. Many drop and stud earrings are made from yellow gold, including 18K gold, with some also boasting a stone, for example, an emerald. You can wear drop earrings for special events, as well as for everyday use.
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