Waterford 2013 Claddagh Ornament
Waterford 2013 Claddagh Ornament
Item# 161003
Size: 3 1/2"
There is no design lovelier than the Claddagh. The Claddagh Ornament is full of symbolism - the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and the crown represents loyalty. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish village of Claddagh. The Claddagh Ornament is produced especially for 2013. Show that special someone you care with this addition to your Christmas Ornament collection sure to be treasured for many seasons to come. Crafted of lead crystal, the Waterford Claddagh Ornament includes a 3 jeweled ornament hanger, a removable 2013 hang tag and is beautifully packaged in a Waterford Christmas ornament box - perfect for gift giving and storage.

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For centuries the Irish have been supreme artists in glass. It is one of the great traditions in the realm of art, a tradition founded on patient and meticulous hand craftsmanship.The skill of Irish hands is only part of the story - there is also an uncanny power in those hands to impart something magical to glass. And in all of Ireland, no hands have been more patient, more meticulous, or more blessed with the elusive powers of art than the hands of Waterford crystal's craftsmen. When the brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in 1783, they made a bold promise - to make Waterford crystal in "as fine a quality as any in Europe in the most elegant style."

It was no idle boast. They had in hand the old secrets of mingling minerals and glass to create Waterford crystal of beautiful and mysterious qualities. It sang sweetly at the tap of a finger. It felt soft and warm to the touch yet possessed strength and durability known only to Waterford crystal. And it radiated a distinctive, silvery white brilliance, which Waterford Crystal's artists enhanced with deeply - cut ornamentation that gave the finished pieces a vivacious, traditional Waterford crystal sparkle.

This great tradition lay dormant for a hundred years. But when Irish independence rekindled a passion for Irish arts in the 1940s and 1950s, a group of businessmen resolved to bring back to life the industry that had made the city of Waterford famous. They recruited a small band of hand - picked artists, and under the guidance of these masters, young apprentices learned the intricacies of the art of crysta l. In a few short years Waterford Crystal reclaimed its pride of place. Once more, it is the customary gift for royalty and heads of state. Patience, skill, and artistry had wrought a triumph at Waterford crystal.

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