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Claddagh ring and Celtic Jewelry

The Claddagh ring is an famous component Celtic jewelry. The Claddagh jewelry is an expression for the mutual exchange of love and friendship. A Claddagh ring is comprised of a crowned heart clasped by a pair of hands.

Out of the many stories surrounding the origin of the Claddagh ring, the most plausible is the legend of Richard Joyce. Richard Joyce belonged to one of the Tribes of Galway. Richard Joyce had planned to journey to the West Indies. He had a lover. The lovers had planned to marry after Richard Joyce returned.

However, Richard and his his party was captured by Algerian pirates. He was sold as a slave to a Turkish goldsmith at Tangiers. Richard Joyce was an ingenious man. His master saw this and taught him the art of jewel making. Richard soon mastered the craft and became a brilliant goldsmith.

During his period of stay at Tangiers, Richard had created a special ring for his lover. This was the ring that later became famous as the Claddagh ring. Richard Joyce was released when King William III demanded the Moors to free all British slaves. His master offered his daughter in marriage and half of his wealth to Richard. Richard never forgot his lady love and so refused his master\'s offer. He came home and married the love of his life. Richard Joyce became a well known goldsmith.


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