Claddagh Crown

Past Event: 22 December 2012 to 29 January 2013

A child wearing a 'Claddagh Crown'
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Ben Healley

Create a glittering crown inspired by the traditional Irish symbol of friendship, love and loyalty.

The Claddagh design is a traditional Irish symbol of friendship, love and loyalty that is usually featured on a ring. Its meaning depends on how it is worn on the wearer’s hand.

Legend says that it was created around 400 years ago in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, by an Irish jeweller who learnt his craft after being kidnapped by pirates!

Another story says that an eagle dropped the original Claddagh ring into the lap of a wealthy lady, as a reward for building bridges from Galway to Sligo.