The Claddagh Wedding Ring Tradition

The Claddagh’s simple and recognizable design displays two hands holding on to a heart, and usually it also has a crown above it. What this means is often said to relate to love, friendship, and loyalty.  Which in turn is what the ring stands for.

There are a variety of legends about the origins of the ring but according to www.claddagh.kaijewels.com; The history of the Claddagh ring dates back over 300 years.  A small fishing village in Ireland called the Claddagh was where the tradition of the rings first started. The word Claddagh itself comes from the Irish term ‘An Cladach’ which means a ‘flat stony shore’.

The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on a person’s hand usually shows the owner’s romantic availability. Verbatim according to www.claddaghring.com : Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing out and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship: “their heart is open.”  When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that “someone has captured their heart”. A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger facing outward away from the body generally indicates that the wearer is engaged but when the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married.

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