But that's OK because it's a beautiful ring and I love it .... now who wants a picture? I knew you would :D
|Isn't it lovely? this isn't mine but it is exactly the same as the one I have found.|
There is a romantic story involving the Claddagh Ring that began way back over 300 years ago in the ancient fishing village of Claddagh just outside the walls of the City of Galway on the west coast of Ireland.
Legend has it that a local man, Richard Joyce, was captured by pirates and sold into slavery, the property of a rich Turkish goldsmith. In time Joyce became a master craftsman himself and, after earning his freedom, returned to Galway. At his journey's end, Richard was overcome with joy when he learned that his beloved had remained true to him in his long absence, waiting faithfully for him to return. It was then that Richard gave his beloved the ring he created that is now known worldwide as the legendary Claddagh Ring. The heart in the design symbolizes the love Richard longed to share with his true love. The crown symbolizes his undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together.
The rings were kept as family heirlooms, which were passed lovingly down from mother to daughter on her wedding day.
So yes the ring is actually really nice in what it represents. It is also Irish :D BONUS!