Claddagh Necklace in Copper
The Claddagh ( Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) traditionally seen as an Irish ring, represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty).
Each item begins as a piece of sheet metal, copper, bronze, brass or nickel. After a pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution. Each piece is hand cut, sanded, and polished. A patina may be applied or it may be hand painted with dye oxide. A clear polymer coating is applied.