Hi All, Eileen here, the head goldsmith at Claddagh Design. Today I want to tell you about another custom order for a happy Claddagh Design customer.
As usual, this process started with the customer filling out a Custom Jewelry request. There's always some over and back (by email) to confirm the finer points of the design. Once everything is understood, I can get to work.
I start by heating the silver to soften it so that I can roll down and form it into the perfect rectangular shape.
Using some silver tube that I have made, I cut off a section to make the pendant loop.
This is soldered on using my gas torch with silver solder. The solder melts and fuses the two pieces together.
Once that has been cleaned in acid and polished I can then begin to engrave the ogham inscription.
This pendant has been hand engraved with the word "Grá" which is the Irish word for Love.
This pendant includes an easter egg in that the back of the pendant has been set with a birthstone. As usual, the piece is hallmarked.
Like all our pieces this pendant has been put on a solid silver chain which can be worn every day.