Joyce Family Heritage Marble
Claddagh necklace inlaid with Connemara Marble
This necklace measures 18mm x 17mm x 3mm
It comes with a heavy 22cm sterling silver chain
This Claddagh necklace is set with Connemara Green Marble from my families quarry. Every piece of marble is as unique as a fingerprint.
The Claddagh and Connemara marble a perfect combination.
The origin of the claddagh is from a small fishing village of the same name which is just outside of the old city walls of Galway. There are many legends associated with the claddagh ring particularly concerning Richard Joyce a silversmith from Galway circa 1700, who is said to have invented the Claddagh design as we know it. Legend has it that Joyce was captured and enslaved by Algerian Corsairs around 1675 while on a passage to the West Indies; he was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith who taught him the craft. King William III sent an ambassador to Algeria to demand the release of any and all subjects who were enslaved in that country, which at the time would have included Richard Joyce. After fourteen years, Joyce was released and returned to Galway and brought along with him the ring he had fashioned while in captivity: what we've come to know as the Claddagh. He gave the ring to his sweetheart, married, and became a goldsmith with "considerable success”. His initials are in one of the earliest surviving Claddagh rings, which dates from around 1700.
Each stone is unique, just like the landscape it has come from
All our jewellery is delivered in a specially made tin to keep it safe. It comes wrapped in 100% Irish tweed woven by Kerry Woolen Mills.
Connemara Marble is referred to as Irelands gemstone and wearing it insures you will literally carry a piece of Ireland with you
Family Heritage Marble
The Joyce family have been quarrying Connemara Green marble for four generations. Our marble is one of Irelands rarest stones and the skills needed to quarry it have been gained through time and experience. We are sure that the standards and values that we have developed over the past 100 years will maintain far into the future. We will continue to strive for excellence, making sure to provide the best colours available to our customers.