16th century legend tells of Richard Joyce from Claddagh, Co. Galway, who was captured by Moor pirates and enslaved. In captivity he became a master of his trade (Goldsmith). His skilful hands shaped a unique ring for the woman he could never forget at home. After eight years he was released. He returned to Ireland , 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. Today it is commonly accepted that the joining hands, heart and crown represent a perpetual bond of friendship, love and loyalty. Wearing a Claddagh ring with the heart pointing out signifies the wearer is unattached if the heart is pointing in towards wearer’s own heart, then that heart is taken.