Icon: a New Era for Claddagh
In 1690 Richard Joyce, who had been sold into slavery in Tunis, was liberated. He returned to his native Claddagh, a fishing village in Galway and began practicing the skills he learnt during his years as a slave. This gifted silversmith fashioned the first Claddagh ring - basing his design on Celtic legends of the old Connacht Kings.
Today, two young designers have takes a fresh look at the symbols that graced those ancient adornments. They have deconstructed the elements that go to make up the promises that lie within the symbols; separated them into single, compelling entities - and, in so doing, have brought them to life again.