The Claddagh has a rich history dating back over 300 years to a small fishing village in Galway, Ireland, for which is also it's namesake, Claddagh. There are two Galway legends that are believed to be the origin of the ring. What legend do you believe?
Legend of The Claddagh: Richard Joyce's Love
One legend says that, Galway native, Richard Joyce had been captured by East Indie pirates who sold him into slavery at a plantation in Algeria. It was there that Richard learned the art of metal smithing. After escaping or being released he returned home to his true love. It is said that before he left the plantation he took some of the precious metal dust from which he would craft his true love the first Claddagh ring to show her his love, friendship, and fidelity throughout his absence.