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A Claddagh Ring is...
The Claddagh ring is more than a symbol of Ireland, or a piece of Irish craftsmanship. That friend, family member, boyfriend, partner, husband or wife will awaken to be reminded of how much they are valued by you.
If you are lucky enough to have someone like this in your life, there is no better way to say how much you treasure their love, loyalty and friendship than with a Claddagh ring. The meaning behind it originates in Ireland and is worn worldwide.
The intricate design is a crowned heart held by two hands. The heart represents love and the hands represent friendship, while the crown stands for loyalty.
In the 1600’s in a fishing village in Galway called The Claddagh, a local Goldsmith created this now famous ring. Legend has it that Richard Joyce became enslaved by Algerian pirates and was sold to a goldsmith. He created the Claddagh ring while in captivity and when he was liberated, it was a chance to bring this lovely design to the world. It is now a beloved symbol of Ireland, known worldwide.
If you wear the right hand with the crown on the bottom, it suggests that the wearer is single and looking for love. If you turn the ring the right way up, with the crown toward the fingertips, it indicates you are in a relationship and your heart belongs to someone. Similarly, if worn on the left ring finger with the crown facing down, it symbolizes that you are engaged. If turned the other way, you are married!