This piece comes with an 18" sterling silver chain.
Dimensions: 1 1/2" in length(not including bail), 1" in width.
Retail value: $74.99
Meaning of Design
The Claddagh: is a unique irish symbol of love! The hands of friendship, crown loyalty and the heart symboling love. The tradition dates back to the 16th century when a native of galway city, Richard Joyce was captured by Algerian Corsairs on his way to the West Indies, when he eventually returned he settled in the small village of claddagh just outside the city of Galway where he crafted the first Claddagh ring. As the years went have passed, the powerful sentiment that the Claddagh evokes of love and friendship endures.
Celtic Crosses: Throughout Ireland & Scotland, the celts crafted these magnificent symbols in stone. Celtic Crosses pre-date Christianity and were first used by pagans to worship the sun. In pagan times the circle of the celtic cross represented the sun, being the center of their lives. It was not untill the 4th century AD when it was introduced by the first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine, that the Celtic Cross was used to represent Christ's victory. During the great conversion of many pagans to christianity, Christian Philosophers adapted the Celtic Cross and thought the meaning of the circle to represent Christ, the center of Christianity.