- Antiqued Silver Tone: Claddagh is 1 inch tall
- zinc alloy that is both lead and nickel free.
The heart symbolizes love, the hand’s friendship and the crown loyalty.
The fede ring family of European jewelry includes the Claddagh ring. The word comes from the Italian expression mani in fede (“hands [joined] in faith” or “hands joined in loyalty”). This group has roots in the time when a handshake represented a pledge in Ancient Rome. In order to represent a “plighted trough,” they were used as wedding and engagement rings in medieval and Renaissance Europe when cut or cast in bezels.
In recent years, in keeping with its popularity as an Irish identity symbol, it has been adorned with interlace patterns and mixed with other Celtic and Irish motifs. While still used as Irish wedding bands, the claddagh is widespread and found as charms, plaques, and fabric patterns.