Or most traditional and popular Claddagh ring. Love, Loyalty and Friendship reign. Hallmarked at Dublin Castle's Assay Office and imported by Solvar of Dublin, Ireland.
The Claddagh is probably the most well known Irish symbol. The hands represent friendship, the crown represents loyalty, and the heart, of course, love . As legend goes, an Irish sailor sold into slavery cherished the memory of his sweetheart through his trials and tribulations. Upon his return to Galway after a number of years, he gave her a handmade Claddagh ring as a symbol of his dedication- "With these hands I give you my heart, and I crown it with my love".
Meet Our Vendor
Solvar exemplifies admiration of Ireland to its very core. On a family trip in 1941, one man was struck by the rich culture and allure of Ireland. Born out of appreciation of the beauty of Killarney’s Gap of Dunloe, founder Gustaf “Nicky” Obernik endeavored to create jewelry inspired by the history and heritage of Ireland. With only two employees on No. 10 Harcourt Street in Dublin, his company of humble beginnings soon became known for its exquisite Celtic and Irish inspired work. Most notably, he was one of the first individuals to incorporate Connemara Marble, a beautiful stone that can only be found in Ireland, into his brooches. Obernik’s two sons, Tony and Nicky carried on the family business in the 60’s by providing their unique talents. Tony travelled to and fro and gathered inspiration while Nicky developed meaningful relationships with customers. The heritage continues with Obernik’s grandson Marcus, who currently works as the creative director.
Solvar pieces are unique in their design, through which they tell the story of Ireland's rich past. Master designers craft meaningful Irish symbols into timeless works that embody Ireland’s legacy. Through passion and with much attention to detail, Solvar creates Celtic and Irish Jewelry in bustling Dublin for the entire world to enjoy.