Our story stretches back over 300 years to the fishing village of Claddagh just outside the city walls of Galway. It is there, on the shores of Galway Bay, that the first Claddagh ring was made and legend began. Since then, the custom of using this symbolic ring as a traditional Irish wedding ring has been passed down through generations of Irish families. Today, it is famous throughout the world as the symbol of love, friendship, and loyalty, represented by the iconic heart, hands and crown in this unique symbol.On This Page: Our Celtic Wedding Rings: As Unique As Your Love, Yellow Gold Claddagh Rings, White Gold Claddagh Rings, Claddagh Bracelets and Bangles, Claddagh Earrings, Claddagh Birthstone Rings & Jewelry, Two-Toned Claddagh Rings, Men's Claddagh Rings, Why Choose CladdaghRings.com For Your Claddagh and Celtic Jewelry? How to Wear Your Claddagh Ring
Celtic wedding rings, with their intricately engraved patterns, are also another romantic option to represent and treasure your union with your partner. That's because many traditional Celtic designs, such as knots (also known as the mystic or endless knot) has no beginning nor end and may be used to represent the eternity of your love.
We make traditional Claddagh wedding rings featuring designs inspired by Celtic artwork found throughout Ireland's history, from the Celtic knots that are carved into the gravestones of Ireland's earliest settlers to medieval Celtic crosses.
We have divided our Celtic wedding bands into categories of Celtic Knots, Celtic Spirals, Celtic Weave, and Trinity knot wedding rings. We also have a section of Celtic shield wedding rings inspired by the Ardagh Chalice and a section of Gaelic Script wedding rings rings including Mo Anam Cara, and Ogham script, which is Ireland's earliest form of the written word. Finally, we have a large selection of Claddagh wedding rings that feature the heart, hands, and crown symbols engraved into the band.
Just like our Claddagh rings, all of our Celtic wedding bands are handmade in Ireland by professional craftsmen and hallmarked at the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle.
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Our yellow gold Claddagh rings are a timeless look that is always in style. While yellow gold is often chosen for engagement rings and wedding bands, our traditional Claddagh rings are worn for all occasions. Our collection includes a design that incorporates the trinity knot as part of the band along with the classic Claddagh design. We also feature a best selling 14K yellow gold ring which is created by bonding a layer of 14k gold onto a layer of sterling silver, giving the ring the weight of a silver ring with the look of a gold ring.
At first glance, our white gold Claddagh rings may appear very similar to a sterling silver ring. White gold has several properties, however, that distinguish it from sterling silver including a slightly different undertone which compliments all skin tones, and it is appropriate for wearers with sensitive skin. Our white gold Claddagh rings for women collection includes heavy rings, trinity knot rings, emerald set rings, and more. Our ladies stylized white gold Claddagh band features a modern take on the Claddagh design, with the symbols cut into the band.
The Claddagh design isn't just for rings; it's versatile enough for earrings, pendants, and our bracelet and bangle collection. Just like our rings, every piece is handmade and bears the stamp of authenticity from the Assay office at Dublin Castle. All of our bracelets and bangles are made of high quality sterling silver. We offer two distinct bracelet designs: a semi-precious gemstone Claddagh bracelet which is seven and a half inches long and features a number of different gemstones, and the Celtic Connemara Marble bracelet which is the same length and made of the highest quality marble.
Our Claddagh bangles are engraved with the phrase, "Mo Anam Cara" (pronounced "Muh Onum Kara") which means "My Soul Mate." Our Claddagh bracelets and bangles are suitable to wear for all occasions.
Our beautifully designed Claddagh earrings for ladies come in hoop, stud, and drop styles in sterling silver or gold.
We make pendants, rings, and earrings that feature the Claddagh design and high quality birthstones set into the "heart" portion of the jewelry design for a unique piece that makes a perfect birthday gift or a gift that commemorates another special occasion. All of our Claddagh birthstone jewelry is available in sterling silver, yellow gold, and white gold. We offer two Claddagh birthstone pendant and earring designs; one that is distinctly round and another in a teardrop shape.
For those that love both silver and gold jewelry, you don't have to choose with our two-toned Claddagh ring collection. Whether it's a gold heart Claddagh set against a sterling silver band or a band that gracefully integrates both precious metals that you're seeking, we have an extensive collection that includes the best of both worlds. In addition to Claddagh designs, we make several two-toned rings that feature a 10K gold trinity stone or knot.
Our men's collection of classic Claddagh bands and Celtic jewelry feature iconic designs in sterling silver, white gold, and yellow gold. One of our ring designs features silver and gold for a two toned look. Our rings are available in standard and heavy weights and for wearers that like both the Claddagh and Celtic designs, we offer rings that incorporate the Claddagh symbols with a Celtic knot band. Other jewelry available for men include our cuff links, tie tacks, and Celtic cross chains.
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Bead-based bracelets have become popular in recent years because they enable their wearer to create a customizable bracelet design that is uniquely their own. We offer several handmade sterling silver beads bearing Celtic designs and featuring enamel, gold plate, and Murano glass touches to string onto our sterling silver Celtic bead bracelet.
Our striking Wood Quay jewelry collection features designs inspired by the Ireland's Viking influence. The Vikings arrived in Ireland in the eighth century. While they're known for their plundering, they also brought their metalwork and decorative art with them which was excavated centuries later in the Wood Quay neighborhood, which was the heart of Dublin's Viking population. Our Wood Quay pendants, rings, and earrings is inspired by the Hiberno-Norse artwork. Our Wood Quay jewelry is made of sterling silver and features glass and 18K gold details.
Ireland enjoys one of Europe's highest marriage rates, and the number of married people in Ireland increased 5% between 2011 and 2016. The average age of brides and grooms increased as well, and religious ceremonies were the most popular, with the majority of couples having a Catholic wedding ceremony. As marriage continues to remain a popular institution, CladdaghRings.com is here to serve you for all of your Irish wedding ring needs.
There are many Irish wedding traditions stretching back to centuries ago that are still being used today in modern ceremonies and receptions. For example, the tradition of a bride wearing "something blue" in addition to something old, something new, and something borrowed, is an Irish tradition. Blue is considered to be the color of good luck for brides.
The phrase "tying the knot" to symbolize marriage is a Celtic tradition; in ancient Celtic ceremonies, the bride and groom's hands would be fastened together to indicate their union.
The ringing of bells during the wedding was believed to keep evil spirits away; many Irish couples received bells as a wedding gift.
The term honeymoon possibly refers to Bunratty mead, or honey wine, that the couple would consume for a month after their wedding. In Gaelic, honeymoon is "mi na meala," meaning "the month of honey." Mead was believed to boost fertility and virility; helping new couples welcome a new member of the family nine months later!
Since 1998, we've been handcrafting and selling traditional Claddagh and Celtic jewelry meant to last a lifetime, and to be passed onto future generations. Every piece is lovingly designed by expert craftsmen in Ireland and hallmarked at the Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle to guarantee its authenticity.
We also offer free shipping on all jewelry items to the United States, Canada, UK and Ireland as well as a full 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can shop with confidence. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal.
Engraving services are also available. Browse our comprehensive collection of classic Claddagh and Celtic rings to find your perfect design!
In 2013, we moved our shop to a lovely Georgian townhouse just off Fitzwilliam Square in the heart of Georgian Dublin. We are open to the public, so if you are in Dublin and you have the time, please do call by.
Even to those that are not Irish, the Claddagh ring is instantly recognizable as one of Ireland's most enduring jewelry designs. The ring's romantic design trinity representing love (the heart), friendship (the pair of hands), and loyalty (the crown) is steeped in Irish history and continues to appeal to couples and individuals both in its home country and abroad to signify of the ultimate relationship promise.
Although its origins date to about 1700, the ring's popularity started to soar during the 19th and 20th centuries and in recent years, traditional Claddagh rings have been spotted on many celebrities. (Even Walt Disney's statue at Disney World features the famous animator sporting a Claddagh ring!) Today, Claddagh rings are made in a variety of materials such as yellow gold, white gold, and sterling silver, and may be adorned with diamonds and birthstones to create a piece as unique as its wearer. At CladdaghRings.com, you'll find authentic Claddagh rings in many designs, all handcrafted in Dublin and finished with the stamp of authenticity from The Irish Assay Office on the inside of the band.
The legend of the Claddagh ring begins over 300 years ago, just outside of Galway in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh. The village's name is the anglicized form of the Gaelic spelling of "Cladach", which means "seashore" and is commonly pronounced today as "klad-uh." The ring belongs to a group of engagement/wedding rings that were developed in Europe centuries ago called "fede rings." The name comes from an Italian expression, "mani in fede", or "hands joined in faith."
Galway has been producing traditional Claddagh rings since 1700, but the name itself wasn't used until the 1830s. Although the creator of the design remains a bit of a mystery, it's generally believed that a silversmith named Richard Joyce should take the credit. In 1675, Joyce departed Galway on a ship to serve as an indentured servant in the West Indies, but his ship was captured by Algerian pirates. Richard Joyce was forced into slavery, working for a goldsmith, who took him under his wing and taught him the craft.
When William III ascended the English throne in 1689, he ordered that Algerians release their slaves. Richard Joyce was offered half of his master's business along with his daughter's hand in marriage but refused. Instead, he returned to Galway and began producing rings in the Claddagh design as we've all come to know it. One version of the legend states that Joyce's enduring love for a young woman he left behind when he left Galway inspired the design.More Traditional Claddagh History Here
The wearing of the ring to let would-be suitors know if you're available or taken also didn't come into fashion until some time after the design's creation. There are generally three ways to wear a Claddagh ring: