The Claddagh design dates back to the early 16th Century when an Irish man, Richard Joyce of Galway, designed a distinctive ring for his true love. A week before his marriage he was out fishing and his boat overturned and he was captured by pirates. He was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith where he was held for twenty years. When he was finally released from slavery he returned to Ireland and discovered that his true love had waited for him. Richard Joyce designed the Claddagh to honor their love.
The Trinity Knot is an ancient symbol believed to pre date the crucifix by hundreds of years. The number three is powerful and it is thought it symbolized water, air and earth before Christianity. Adopting Christianity, the Trinity Knot came to represent The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
This is a large pendant and is very popular as it teams the Claddagh and the Trinity together. It is handcrafted in .925 sterling silver. Several chain options are available.