The Claddagh Ring is a traditional Irish ring that represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship; the heart represents love; and the crown represents loyalty).
The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City. The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). Claddagh rings are often used as friendship rings but are most commonly used as engagement/wedding rings. The Claddagh is handed down mother-to-daughter or grandmother-to-granddaughter.
“A gift of love, crafted in Ireland”
The whisper of romance lingers within every Claddagh. A gift of love, crafted in Ireland, it echoes a tale of devotion retold over the centuries. Once upon a time, so the story goes, a young sailor was captured and sold into slavery. Far from his native land, he held the memory of his sweetheart deep in his heart. He never forgot her. Years later, on his safe return to Galway his gift to her was a Claddagh ring. Forged with the skills he learnt during his imprisonment, it was a token of his enduring love.
“With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love”
The Claddagh holds the memory of true love that can last forever. You can add your own chapter to the story even now by how you wear it. On your right hand with its heart facing outwards, it shows that your heart is not yet taken. Turn its heart inwards and you’ll let admirers know that love is a possibility. But if you wear it on your left hand, with its heart turned inwards towards your own, there can be no doubt. It tells the world: two hearts have joined together forever. Wear it and be part of a never ending love story.
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