Claddagh Drop Earrings

Claddagh Drop Earrings

Metal: sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold or 18ct rose gold

Claddagh Drop Size: 17.5mm high by 10mm wide.
(approximately 30mm high including shepherd hooks)

Ref: claddagh-earrings

£55£250

Description

Ring Details

These Claddagh drop earrings are designed and made by Faller. They are available in sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold or 18ct rose gold with shepherd hook fittings and silicone safety backs.  These dangle earrings are packaged in our Claddagh branded Faller box.

Origins of the Claddagh Design

The Claddagh or ‘An Cladach’ meaning ‘the shore’, is an area on the western side of Galway city. This was once an ancient fishing village, dating from the fifth century. It is here that the Claddagh ring has been used for centuries as a wedding ring by the local fisherfolk. The Claddagh ring is said to have been invented by Richard Joyce, a silversmith from Galway circa 1700.

As the legend goes…..
“Joyce was captured and enslaved by Algerian Corsairs around 1675 while on a passage to the West Indies; he was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith who taught him the craft. After fourteen years Joyce was released when King William III sent an ambassador to Algeria to demand the release of any and all British subjects who were enslaved in that country at the time. He returned to Galway and brought along with him a ring he had fashioned while in captivity: what we’ve come to know as the Claddagh. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. He gave the ring to his sweetheart, married, and established himself as a goldsmith, recreating the design that proved so popular for others.”

This design has become recognised worldwide as an Irish tradition. Faller has created our own contemporary version of this design, incorporating hands, heart and crown and it appeals to both natives and visitors alike.

Additional information

Metal

Silver, 18ct Yellow Gold, 18ct Rose Gold

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