In the mid-16th century, an Irish man was fishing off the shoreline of Galway a week before his marriage when his boat flipped upside down. The man was captured and brought into slavery by the pirates of the sea. After years had passed, he luckily sought freedom and returned home in the village of Claddagh where he searched for his eternal love. They finally got married and gifted his lover with a unique ring fashioned by three symbols; the hands signifying Friendship, holding a heart signifying Love, topped with a crown for Loyalty. Our Irish Claddagh Necklace has the same three symbols representing Friendship, Love and Loyalty.