The Trinity Knot is one of the most recognisable Celtic designs. The knot is believed to have been fashioned by the Celtic Christian Church to represent the holy trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Depictions of The Trinity Knot can be found on Celtic artefacts dating back to the 8th Century, including the Book of Kells. Comprising of three interlaced loops, it is commonly used as a symbol of consistency and eternity.
Born in the little fishing town of Claddagh, County Galway, Richard Joyce was swept away and enslaved as a goldsmith. When he won his freedom he returned home to his beloved Claddagh. There, he gave his lost love a gold ring depicting his two hands embracing heart – the very first Claddagh ring. The ring became renowned as an emblem of love, loyalty and friendship. When the heart is turned inward it signifies that your heart is taken. When you direct the heart outwards it signifies that you are looking for love.