Vintage Emerald 9k Claddagh Ring
All the way from Dublin to Texas in search of a new forever home! This amazing Claddagh ring was acquired from an Irish estate and is in very good condition. Only light scratching with NO dents or cracks to the metal work. The center stone is a natural emerald light to medium in saturation with only mild wear. NO breaks or surface reaching inclusion. The design has a lot of nice detailing, even down to the fingernails. The perfect way to share your love with that special person in your life. It can be sized easily and would look great on a lady or as a gent's pinky ring. For a more detail Claddagh history read below item specifics.
* Solid 9k Yellow Gold (stamped & tested)
* Natural Emerald approx. .12pts
* Origin - Dublin, Ireland (hallmarked)
* Maker's Mark "JSOC"
* 5/8" inch long x 1/2" inch tall
* 2.38 grams
* c. 1988 (hallmarked)
The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of the same name in Galway. The ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century. These rings date from Roman times, when the gesture of clasped hands was a symbol of pledging vows, and they were used as engagement / wedding rings in medieval and Renaissance Europe.
There are many legends about the origins of the ring, particularly concerning Richard Joyce, a silversmith from Galway circa 1700, who is said to have invented the Claddagh design as we know it. Legend has it that Joyce was captured and enslaved by Algerian Corsairs around 1675 while on a passage to the West Indies; he was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith who taught him the craft. King William III sent an ambassador to Algeria to demand the release of any and all British subjects who were enslaved in that country, which at the time would have included Richard Joyce. After fourteen years, Joyce was released and returned to Galway and brought along with him the ring he had fashioned while in captivity: what we've come to know as the Claddagh. He gave the ring to his sweetheart, married, and became a goldsmith with "considerable success"
Emerald is the perfect stone to carry if you are working with opening your heart to unconditional love and compassion. Called the “Stone of Successful Love,” Emerald opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. It was dedicated in the ancient world to the goddess Venus for its ability to insure security in love.
Emerald is also a stone of great vision and intuition, associated with the eyes and sight, long believed to foretell future events and reveal one’s truths. It is a stone of wisdom, enhancing memory and increasing mental clarity. It combines intelligence with discernment, and brings to the conscious mind what is unconsciously known. Emerald also increases focus and intent, activating psychic abilities and opening clairvoyance. Traditionally it was used as a protection against enchantment and spells.
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