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Claddagh Celtic Cross Pendant on a Chain

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Jewelry by James

‘Jewelry by James’ is a family-run Irish business specializing in unique high quality Celtic jewelry. More 

History of the Claddagh

In the early 16th century an Irish man by the name of Richard Joyce was fishing off the coast of Galway a week before he was to be married when his currach (boat) capsized. Richard was captured by pirates, taken to West Africa and sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith.

Years passed and Richard escaped captivity and returned home to Ireland to find that the girl he loved had never married. Richard shaped a unique ring for the girl he left behind. The ring was fashioned of three symbols: the hands signifying Friendship, holding a heart signifying love, topped with a crown for loyalty. Richard and his love married and settled in the village of Claddagh.

The village no longer exists but since those early days the Claddagh ring has been worn as a sign of Love, Loyalty and Friendship.

Product Information:

  • Made from 100% Sterling Silver
  • Rhodium plated for lasting shine
  • Exclusively designed in Ireland
  • Comes in an attractive gift box

UPC - 811843014112

Irish Jewellery Quality Assurance

The Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland (FJMI) was established in 1963 to coordinate the manufacture of jewelry in Ireland. Its members undertake to carry on the ancient traditions of jewelry making and, as a customer, you can be assured that the item you purchase, which has been made by one of our members, has been crafted with care and pride.

FJMI members, including Jewelry by James and Solvar, adhere to a strict Code of Ethics including the following:

  • Compliance with all Irish and U.S. Government laws and regulations relevant to jewelry and related industries.
  • Not to trade in Conflict Diamonds.

Precious Metal

Gold, silver, and platinum are all considered to be precious metals. Gold and silver deposits are widely distributed in varying quantities throughout the world and have been highly prized for thousands of years. Many different civilizations discovered and used these metals to produce jewelry and decorative objects. The Ardagh Chalice (circa 800-899AD), the Tara Brooch (circa 700AD) and the Cross of Cong (circa 1120AD) are beautiful examples of early metalwork in Ireland and can be seen at the National Museum in Dublin.

Gold and silver in their purest form are not suitable for the manufacture of jewelry; they are alloyed with other metals, usually copper and zinc in order to make it possible to work with them. This mix of alloys also establishes the standards. 10kt Gold for example has 417 gold parts per 1000, 14kt Gold has 585 parts per 1000 & 18kt Gold has 750 parts per 1000. The balances are made up of the alloys mentioned above.

Care

You should carefully store your precious metal jewelry when not in use, preferably in a lined jewelry box. Silver items can tarnish when left exposed to the atmosphere. Other common causes of tarnishing are human perspiration which is high in Sodium Chloride (salt), perfume, shampoo and deodorant sprays. Jewelry should be professionally cleaned and checked periodically and handled with care at all times.

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