Claddagh, Celtic Symbol for Friendship

by mary August 25, 2013

One of my favorite finds is this claddagh, a celtic symbol for friendship.  I "found" it (or really, it found me), when a friend offered me "first refusal" of some vintage jewelry that she was planning to sell, and among a number of lovely pieces was the claddagh.  At the time, I'd never heard of this symbol, but I was intrigued by the beauty of the piece.  Through research on the internet, I learned that this traditional Irish symbol of love, loyalty & friendship dates back to the 17th century.  The symbol consists of 2 hands holding a heart, upon which rests a crown.  According to legend, the hands stand for trust & friendship, the heart for love, & the crown for loyalty/fidelity.  I debated for some time on how best to use the claddagh -- whether to use it in an Irish charm bracelet or make something focused on friendship.  Ultimately, I decided to make this charm bracelet celebrating friendship; in part because like a good friend, the claddaghwas a rare & treasured find.  Shown here are pictures of the vintage jewelry I purchased (including the claddagh), the claddagh by itself, and the charm bracelet I made using the claddagh & other charms & gemstones that symbolized friendship or an aspect of friendship.  The bracelet is available on my website at


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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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