Category Archives: Irish Jewelry

April Birthstone Claddagh Ring & Jewelry

April’s birthstone is the beautiful cubic zirconia. You’ll find this wonderful stone set into the heart of our April birthstone Claddagh ring. The Irish Claddagh ring is an ancient design, and each part of the ring symbolizes a different meaning. The heart symbolizes love, the hands symbolize friendship, and the crown represents loyalty.

Whether you are looking for a silver birthstone Claddagh ring or a gold birthstone Claddagh ring, CelticByDesign.com has both. Our rings are available in sterling silver, as well as 10K, 14K, and 18K white or yellow gold.

Don’t forget that we also offer the matching April birthstone Claddagh pendant and the April birthstone Claddagh earrings for a wonderfully coordinated ensemble. As with all of our Irish pendants, the pendant includes an 18” bell chain in matching metal type and color. The Claddagh earrings include hinged earring clasps.

Each piece of Irish jewelry is handcrafted in Ireland, and also hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. This is your assurance of authenticity and quality. Whatever your Irish gift or Irish jewelry needs, be sure to visit us at CelticByDesign.com. You’ll not be disappointed!

October Birthstone Claddagh Pendant

With a warm color that is perfect for Fall, October’s birthstone is Pink Tourmaline.  This beautiful crystal was first brought to Europe from Sri Lanka, and has remained a favorite ever since.  Housed in a beautiful Claddagh pendant, this fine piece of Irish jewelry is a great addition to the collection of anyone born in October.

Each pendant is handcrafted in Ireland, and is hallmarked at Dublin Castle just before final polishing.  The hallmark is your assurance of authenticity and quality.  Presented in a wonderful jewelry box.

Sterling Silver Celtic Closed Knot Wedding Band

Of all the special pieces of Irish jewelry, nothing quite compares to a Celtic Knot wedding band. This beautiful Ladies Closed Celtic Knot Band is presented in fine sterling silver. The pattern features a series of repeating closed Celtic Knots around the entire circumference of the wedding band – perfect to represent your love for each other. The matching Celtic wedding band for men is also available.

Each beautiful band is crafted in Ireland, and hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. The hallmark is your assurance of quality and authenticity.

Available in sizes 4-11, including half sizes. Comes in a beautiful presentation box.

Yellow Or White Gold Emerald Claddagh Rings

This stunning ladies Claddagh ring with its heart-shaped emerald is just an amazing example of Claddagh ring design. The beautifully intense emerald is cut in the same shape as the heart itself. The Claddagh ring setting itself is fabulous too with intricate curves and angles to catch the light.

This ring is available in your choice of white or yellow gold and in 10K, 14K, or 18K grades. My personal favorite has always been white gold emerald Claddagh rings.

The Claddagh ring with two hands holding a heart has always been a symbol of friendship, love, and loyalty. You may also want to check out our article on how to wear the Claddagh ring.

Large Gold St. Bridget’s Cross


As St. Bridget tended to a dying Irish chieftain (legend says possibly her father), she began to fashion a simple cross from the river rushes (a thatch that grows along river backs) that lined the floor.

The chieftain noticed the cross and asked what it meant. St. Bridget explained the significance and meaning of the cross, and the chieftain wanted to join the Church. He was baptized by St. Patrick, a close friend of St. Bridget, just before his death.

St. Bridget’s Cross has remained a traditional Irish symbol ever since. Today you can wear this cross in the form of this beautifully-detailed Large Gold St. Bridget’s Cross. Available in 10, 14K, and 18K yellow or white gold.

Gold Irish Jewelry

Since ancient times, Irish metal and goldsmiths have created stunning Irish jewelry that is now recognized the world over as truly magnificent works of art. Their skills and attention to detail yielded treasures that never cease to amaze.

The use of filigree in Irish jewelry of that time is generally recognized as the finest that the world has to offer. The Tara brooch is one such example. The sheer number of intricate designs where one metal thread can be traced through the various Celtic knots and weaves is almost incredible. In most cases, the beginning and end of the design cannot be found as the ends are cleverly hidden in the tails or heads of a Celtic serpent, or the like.

The Ardagh Chalice is another beautiful example of the capabilities of Irish goldsmiths and metal workers. It is believed to be the finest piece of 8th century metalwork to ever be discovered. In addition to decorative and functional clothing accessories and religious artifacts, torcs were also a popular specialty to early Celtic goldsmiths. In more recent times, the Claddagh ring has become the most popular example of fine Irish jewelry, and is known the world over.

The materials for Irish jewelry have included copper, bronze, silver, and especially gold. Today, most Celtic jewelry is made from either silver or gold, with gold generally being preferred due to its nonreactive properties with air and everyday chemicals. Gold in Ireland enjoys a long history, as evidenced by the large number of artifacts that have been unearthed both in Ireland and across mainland Europe.

Ireland has a long history of fine jewelry-making, perhaps unrivaled given the limited tools to work with at the time. That fine tradition remains today with some stunningly beautiful pieces of jewelry in our Celtic collection.

Claddagh Ring April Birthstone – Cubic Zirconia (CZ)


The birthstone for April is the cubic zirconia. If you need a special Irish gift of jewelry for an Aries (born between March 21st and April 19th), this April birthstone Claddagh ring fits the bill perfectly!

This beautiful Claddagh ring is both stylish and sophisticated, while still retaining all the traditional elements of the Claddagh ring. Fine detail is the standard of all Irish jewelry, and thing beautiful ring is no exception.

The Claddagh symbol consists of the heart (representing love), the hands (representing friendship), and the crown (representing loyalty). Don’t forget to read our article on how to wear the Claddagh ring.

Like all of our Irish jewelry, this ring is hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle, and presented in a beautiful jewelry box for gift-giving.

Irish Jewelry Hallmarks

One of the wonderful things about authentic Irish jewelry is that each piece is hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. Since 1637, hallmarking has been Irish law, used to ensure the quality of each piece. This office is run by the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin, and they are charged with authenticating all silver, gold, and platinum jewelry.

There are three components in each hallmark:

  • The makers or sponsors mark
  • The mark of the Dublin Assay Office
  • The mark attesting to the fineness of the metal (Also known as the purity mark)

On rings, the hallmark is normally located on the inside of the band. The same applies to bracelets and bangles. For pendants, applying the hallmark is a little more difficult, as you don’t want it to detract from the beauty of the piece. It is often applied to the “bail” of the piece, and is normally very small!

In the image below, you’ll see some examples of the Irish jewelry hallmarks for silver, gold, and platinum. The “Date Letter” changes each year – signifying the year that the piece was created and hallmarked.

We often get questions on the hallmark, and I hope this proved of some help. It is one of the reasons that genuine Irish jewelry is worth the slight wait!

Blue Topaz Claddagh Ring

This stunning blue topaz Claddagh ring is the perfect gift for anyone born in December, or for a Mom with a December baby. Available in sterling silver, 10K, 14K, and 18K white or yellow gold, there’s a ring to fit any budget.

With the hands for friendship, the heart for love,and the crown for loyalty, nothing expresses your feelings quite like an Irish Claddagh ring.

This ring is handcrafted in Dublin, Ireland, and hallmarked at the Dublin Castle Assay Office. Comes in a lovely presentation box for gift-giving.