Mullingar Pewter Claddagh Cross

Regular price $59.99

Cross with Claddagh Design

This Mullingar Pewter Claddagh Cross (8" high) adorned with the iconic Claddagh symbol and Celtic knots is a fitting ode to Ireland's heritage. The Claddagh is a traditional Irish wedding ring and the symbolism on this handcrafted piece is prominent. This cross is beautiful when hung up on a wall, or displayed in a chest or on a shelf. It makes for an exquisite traditional Irish gift, as it is handcrafted in Ireland.

  • Authentic Mullingar Pewter Product
  • 95% Tin / 5% Copper and Antimony
  • Lead-Free
  • Pewter can be engraved by a competent jeweller

History of the Claddagh

The Claddagh (or Cladach, meaning 'the shore') features a crowned heart held by two hands - the heart represents love, the hands represent friendship, while the crown stands for loyalty. As far back as medieval times, engagement rings had been inscribed with clasped hands to signify one's fidelity, while the heart and crown were eventually added in the 18th century. 
The Claddagh is named for the former fishing village that's now part of Galway city in the West of Ireland, where iconic Claddagh rings have since been produced for hundreds of years. Legend has it that in 1695, a local teenage silversmith called Richard Joyce became enslaved by Algerian pirates, and invented the Claddagh ring while in captivity. 

Whatever the true origin, the Claddagh has since exploded in popularity among those desiring to celebrate their Irish heritage, appearing on many forms of jewellery and art from weddings rings to casual gifts of friendship.