SE2009 Claddagh Gold Plate Silver Heart Earrings by Shanore
Sterling silver hoops encircling the Claddagh symbol give these dangle earrings a sleek, compact appearance. A heart plated in 14 karat yellow gold draws the eye to the center of each hoop, and tiny beads edging the hearts crown add luxury to already precise detail. The simple Claddagh design gives this set a retro character.
The Chronicle of the Claddagh
Multiple stories about the origin of the Claddagh symbol have survived since the eighteenth century. The most popular version claims that a silversmith named Richard Joyce from Galway, Ireland fashioned a ring in this style while in captivity as a slave, and upon his release and return to Galway, gave the ring to his beloved. Whether this history or another is true, the symbol always tells the same tale of meaning. The hands imply friendship and trust; the heart, love and affection; and the crown, loyalty and fidelity.
A Warm Heart
Wearing these earrings allows a woman to combine her belief in Ireland's values with her partiality to tradition in the form of an expertly-crafted accessory. She likes to think of the glow of golden color contained in the earrings, a stylistic choice that hints at her own warmth as a person. Because these pieces shine with such pretty clarity, they can dress up a day at work or dazzle right along with the formality of an occasion. Their lightness would make it easy for anyone to keep an Irish spring in her step.