Sterling Silver Claddagh Pendant, with entwined rope. 5/8″ long.
The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol given as a token of friendship, love, or marriage. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the city of Galway. The symbol was first produced in the 17th century during the reign of William and Mary, though elements of the design date to the late Roman period.The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The Claddagh has come to denote pride in Irish heritage, while continuing to be symbols of love or marriage.