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Irish Claddagh Ring: Meaning and the history

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The famous Claddagh ring, or Irish heart ring is a symbol for three things such as loyalty, love and friendship. Claddagh rings (pronounced "klah duh") are available in many different styles but they all have the three same elements - two hands clasping an open heart that is crowned. The heart of the Claddagh design is symbolic of love, and the two hands symbolize friendship, and the elaborate crown symbolizes loyalty. Solitario Pomellato and Solitario Kluna with Diamonds are two pieces that can be used to convey love or loyalty and friendship with a touch of elegance and refinement. These jewels add a touch glamour and elegance to your story, and enhance the beauty of your relationship.



Who should you present a Claddagh ring to?

Although a ring is usually given as a present from one lover to another one, it is not a requirement. Claddagh ring is not reserved exclusively for girlfriends, boyfriends or wives. This Irish ring can also be gifted as an expression of love from friends and family. This ring can be gifted by anyone who wants to demonstrate the love and affection that is inherent in the Irish Claddagh. Both women and men can wear the Claddagh ring (fainne Chladaigh in Irish). A Claddagh ring is something that is very meaningful to the person who receives it.

It is totally acceptable to purchase the Claddagh ring as an Irish gift for yourself It is possible to showcase your Irish heritage, your love of Ireland or simply admire the beauty of the Claddagh design. However, it is more often given as a gift to show love or friendship. Claddaghs are often presented as gifts to symbolize an intimate relationship between two people.

Claddagh rings are a popular choice as an engagement ring, as well as a wedding band. When worn as a wedding ring the Claddagh design is a symbol of the promise of marriage "With my hands, I'll give you my heart and I will crown it with my love." In certain families, mothers gift their daughters an Irish Claddagh. This way, Claddagh rings can be passed down between generations and end up as precious family jewelry.

With the different ways to wear the Claddagh ring, this ring can be given as an Irish gift to any loved one, whether it's your spouse, girlfriend, or a friend.

The story of Claddagh rings

The first Claddagh ring was designed in Galway around 400 years ago, in a tiny fishing village known as Claddagh. Richard Joyce is the most likely possibility of being the original creator of the ring.

Claddagh Ring: How to wear it

You can wear it on either your left or right hand, depending on the message you are trying to convey. If it is placed on your left hand with the heart facing outwards it's an indication that you are engaged. When the heart is on the inside of this hand, the ring is a sign that you are married.

However, if you wear the ring to the right with your heart facing outwards, it indicates that you are single and in search of love. Wearing the ring with your heart facing inwards on the left signifies that you're currently in a serious relationship. Of course, it is possible to choose to ignore these rules and wear the ring however you prefer.

This ring may also serve as an engagement ring and can be a part of a meaningful ritual for the wedding ceremony. Your partner can move the ring from their right hand to the left to symbolize your wedding day.

If you're looking for an exclusive wedding ring you can always get a custom Claddagh ring made. Some customizations are adding Celtic symbols or diamond bands.

Finally, both men and women can wear this Irish ring. Men prefer Claddagh rings with bigger designs and more substantial bands.

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