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Irish Jewelry For Mother's Day

Irish Jewelry For Mother's Day

Stuart Marley |

With roots tracing back to the 17th century, the Claddagh ring is perhaps the most enduring and emblematic piece of Irish jewelry, known the world over.

The ring is a cherished emblem of love and companionship and its history goes back to the illustrious “Fishing Kings of Claddagh”, a little village outside the city Galway in the west of Ireland.

The old story goes that a man named Richard Joyce survived indentured servitude, eventually becoming skilled in goldsmithing and going on to forge the very first Claddagh ring. 

The iconic design — a heart embraced by two hands — symbolizes enduring love and loyal friendship.

One of the most compelling aspects of the Claddagh ring is that it conveys an unspoken message depending on how it is worn. 

If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing outwards, then the wearer is communicating that they are single and, perhaps, open to finding a new love. Wear the ring on the left hand with the heart facing inwards and it means that you have found a committed relationship. 

Switching the ring to your left hand raised the stakes! Placing a Claddagh ring on the left hand’s third finger with the heart facing outwards tells someone you’re engaged, and on your wedding day you can turn the heart to face inwards.

So take note. The hearts on Irish jewelry, just like the real beating hearts in Irish chests, hold the finest of intricacies!

Other historical Irish jewelry to note include rings with gorgeous representations of ancient Celtic knots.

We carry a wide selection of the beautiful range from Solvar, an award-winning manufacturer crafting Irish jewelry for more than 80 years.

The delicate sterling silver ladies ring from Solvar carries an indelible mark of Irish authenticity — the Solvar range is hallmarked in Dublin Castle. If you’re treating the special lady in your life this Mother’s Day, why not demonstrate your love by adding a matching ring for yourself too? The matching Celtic Knot ring for gentlemen, a silver oxidized men's trinity knot ring with blacked silver to add a powerful contemporary feel.

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