The Story of the Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Connection to Galway


Legend has it that a hardworking  young man from the village of Claddagh in Galway, by the name of Richard Joyce, was kidnapped while fishing at sea by some Mediterranean pirates.  He was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith in North Africa.  During his many years working with his Moorish Master he learned the craft of goldsmithing and became an accomplished artisan.  He designed the Claddagh ring for the sweetheart he had left behind in Ireland, and who he longed to return to. He designed the crown as a symbol of his loyalty to her, the heart as a symbol of his love for her, and the hands holding the heart as a symbol of his everlasting friendship for her. 

Gold Claddagh Ring with Celtic Design

When he was eventually freed and was able to return to Ireland he found his sweetheart had waited for him all the years of his absence.  They were soon married and never separated again!

The Claddagh design has inspired lots of beautiful jewellery, and at JMH we are delighted to present breathtaking Claddgh Rings, Claddagh Pendants and Claddagh Earrings.


Of course, dont forget HOW to wear your Claddagh Ring!

  • Worn on the right hand, crown turned inwards, your heart is yet to be won.
  • Worn on the right hand, crown turned outwards shows a special commitment to someone.
  • Worn on the left hand, Crown turned outwards, Let our love and friendship reign forever, never to be separated.


Silver Claddagh Pendant with Rose Gold Heart And Yellow Gold Celtic Weave