London-based jewellery brand Sam Ham Design has launched a collection of Claddagh Rings, inspired by founder and designer Sam Hamilton’s Irish heritage.
Launched on Wednesday 19 October 2022, the collection is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional elements of the Claddagh Ring.
The collection features three designs: one 9ct yellow gold pinky ring and two larger sterling silver rings.
Traditionally, the Claddagh is a unisex wedding band but over time it has come to represent: a promise ring, a gift between friends and family, a souvenir of Ireland, or a symbol of Irish heritage.
A combination of her love for Ireland and feelings of isolation during the pandemic inspired Sam Hamilton to create the collection.
Talking about her inspiration, Sam Hamilton said: “Unable to travel home to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic to see family and friends made me think twice about my homeland, and how to connect to it while based here in London.
“The Claddagh, being such a symbol of Irishness, felt like the perfect way to do that.
“From this, I also thought about those who were completely isolated in their homes with no one to talk to.
“So, as part of this launch 10% of each sale from our Claddagh Ring collection will go to charities in Ireland and the UK working to tackle loneliness.”
Sam Ham Design will donate to Age Action Ireland and the Loneliness Taskforce UK, both of which work with vulnerable communities.
The collection will be made by hand in small batch orders to avoid waste and create exclusivity for those who purchase one of the pieces, or receive a Claddagh Ring as a gift.
All Claddagh Ring collection orders must be made by Monday 14 November 2022 for Christmas delivery.
Explore the collection below.