A small fishing village in Ireland called the Claddagh was where the tradition of the Claddagh first started about 300 years ago. The word Claddagh itself comes from the Irish term 'An Cladach' that means a 'flat stony shore'. Hands denoting friendship and togetherness hold a heart signifing love. A crown on top of the heart stands for loyalty. This oxidized sterling silver Claddagh Charm makes a great gift for one you love. Charm measures 18x16mm. Not for children uner 4 years old. Photos of jewelry are enlarged to show detail.