These delightful gold plated TierraCast pewter claddagh earrings will symbolize your love, loyalty, and friendship with someone special, or simply show pride in your irish heritage. Our charm earrings are a variation of the traditional claddagh ring in symbol form. Hypoallergenic gold-plated surgical steel earwires.
Earrings measure approximately 1.5” long (including earwires), and about 0.75” wide (without bead).
These earrings are available in both gold and silver finish, and in two sizes. See item photo gallery for size comparison.
You may also add a gemstone bead of your choice (see item photo gallery for options - please message us your gemstone choice).
You may upgrade your earring wires to 14K gold-filled for $5 more. Search “earring upgrade” and add to your cart along with the item before checking out.
About the Claddagh
The Claddagh ring (In irish: fáinne Chladaigh) 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 the claddagh originated in the Irish fishing village of the same name in Galway. The ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century.
The Claddagh ring belongs to a group of European finger rings called “federings”. The name "fede" derives from the Italian phrase mani in fede ("hands [joined] in faith" or "hands [joined] in loyalty"). 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.
Fede rings are distinctive in that the bezel is cut or cast to form two clasped hands that symbolize “plighted troth”. The Claddagh ring is a variation on the fede ring, while the hands, heart, and crown motif was used in England in the early 18th century. The Luckenbooth symbol is a Scottish variation. Both became very popular in Victorian times, although the symbolism is much older.
Towards the end of the 20th century there was an explosion of interest in the Claddagh Ring and the associated symbol, both as jewelry and as an icon of Irish heritage.