This uniquely designed ring combines the sentiments of the the traditional Claddagh with the beauty of the Gaelic language. The three elements of the Claddagh ring - heart, hands and crown, are represented by the words engraved in Irish on the band: Gra (love); Dilseacht (loyalty); and Cairdeas (friendship.) Available in sizes 10 - 14 (see CR516 for this ring in ladies sizes.) Legend: The story of the Claddagh comes from a 16th century legend which tells of Richard Joyce from Claddagh, Co. Galway who was captured by Moor pirates & enslaved. In captivity he became a goldsmith and with his skill, fashioned a unique ring for the woman he could never forget at home. After eight years he was released, returned to Ireland and to his great joy her heart remained his, never to be separated again. The Claddagh ring is a great traditional wedding ring, known the world over, and is often given as a token of love or friendship.