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Irish Claddagh Rings

The origins of the Claddagh ring stretch back over 300 years to the fishing village of Claddagh just outside the city walls of Galway. It is from there, on the shores of Galway Bay, that the first Claddagh ring was made and legend of the Claddagh began. Since then, the custom of using the Claddagh ring as a traditional Irish wedding ring has been passed down through generations of Irish families. Today the Claddagh ring is now famous throughout The World as the symbol of love, friendship and loyalty, represented by the heart, hands and crown of the Claddagh symbol.

History

The legendary story tells 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. Learn more about the history of the Claddagh Ring here.

How To Wear It

The Claddagh ring has become popular throughout the world because of its rich Irish history and peculiar design incorporating the symbolism of the heart, hands and crown representing love, friendship and loyalty. How the ring is worn tells a story about the person wearing it:

  • When worn on the right hand, the crown turned inwards, and the world may see the heart is yet unoccupied.
  • Worn on the ring on the right hand, the crown turned outwards, 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.

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We have been selling Celtic & Irish jewelry online since the early days of the Internet back in 1998. Each of the claddagh jewelry pieces presented on our store is lovingly handcrafted in Dublin by master craftsmen from only the finest metals and hallmarked at the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle. We offer free shipping and a full money-back guarantee, so when you shop with us you can shop with confidence.

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