This Irish birthstone pendant features the Irish Claddagh Symbol with Emerald stone for May birthstone. This Irish birthstone necklace includes 18" spiga chain. It comes attractively gift boxed. This emerald Birthstone Claddagh pendant is handcrafted in Ireland
May – Emerald – Unrivalled for colour by any other gemstone, the emerald was considered to be the stone of prophecy, loved by Cleopatra and the sacred stone of the Greek goddess of love, Venus. It is the stone of love, compassion and healing.
Legend has it that the Claddagh symbol was originated by Richard Joyce, a Galway seafarer kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa where he learned the art of a goldsmith. When he was released, nothing could keep him from his beloved Galway where he returned to become a master goldsmith and where he created the Claddagh ring. For centuries this was used as a wedding ring by the fisher folk of Claddagh village, which nestled outside the walls of Galway city in the west of Ireland. Claddagh rings are worn as friendship, engagement or wedding rings depending on how they are worn. Friendship: by placing the ring anywhere on your right hand. Engagement: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing outwards. Wedding: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing inwards towards your heart. The symbols of the Claddagh are the Heart, Crown and Hands for Love, Loyalty and Friendship.
Weight: 1.8gms approx.
Width: 11.9mm / Height: 19mm approx.
Includes 18" Spiga chain