The Claddagh ring is the traditional Irish wedding ring which originates from the fishing village of Claddagh just outside the City walls of Galway. Nowadays, the Claddagh ring is famous throghout The World as the symbol of love, friendship and loyalty, represented by the heart, hands and crown of the Claddagh. All of our featured Claddagh rings and Claddagh jewelry are handmade in Ireland and hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
Steeped in the tradition and legends of Galway, the ancient 'City of the Tribes', the Claddagh ring has come to be renowned as a symbol of love, friendship and loyalty. In our latest blog post we look at the interesting history of Claddagh and The City of Galway.
The history of the Irish Claddagh ring is legendary with the story telling us of how a fishing boat from a Galway village was captured by pirates and the crew taken and sold as slaves. One of the crew, Richard Joyce, (who was due to be married that very week) was sold to a Moorish Goldsmith. During his years in captivity he never forgot his love back home and so he made a ring of gold for her which today is known as the Claddagh ring and is famous the world over.
Wear the Claddagh ring on the right hand, the crown turned inwards, and the world may see the heart is yet unoccupied.
Wear the Claddagh ring on the right hand, the crown turned outwards, and it is clear that a love is being considered. But when the Irish Claddagh ring is worn on the left hand, the crown outwards, the two loves have become inseparable. How to wear your Claddagh Ring.