Here is my contribution to the world of Claddagh rings. I was inspired with the idea of an Irish crown on the heart, so a shamrock became the centre of the design.
I had long been asked by customers to make a Claddagh ring, but I wasn’t particularly interested. Then, one day I was at lunch with Miriam at the old Irish Pub, Mary Gilhooley’s. On the tables they had paper place mats with an oversized shamrock, and suddenly the design just came to me. Miriam rummaged through her bag and found a pen, and I scribbled away, feeling pretty chuffed that I came up with something different. When I got home I drew it out properly, and later I looked back at it, and realised that back in 2001 I had designed it on St Valentine’s Day! That was the reason we were out having lunch that day.
When it came to properly drawing out the design I had a little difficulty capturing the hands. So, in the end I placed my hands in the scanner and copied them! The hands holding the heart are my own.
When it is worn, if you face the ring towards your heart, then it means your heart is taken. If you face it out, then your heart is available.
This is a very popular design for wedding bands.