Half of a year ago I didn’t know anything about the Claddagh Ring and now I have one in my finger. It’s really beautiful, especially because of its meaning and of course mostly because of the very special person who gave it to me. That’s the main meaning of the Claddagh Ring, it has to come from the one who is really special for you and who thinks you to be as special to give you the ring. And that happened to me. Here it is, placed in a little green box, just as it came to me.
Inside the box, there was a short guide how to wear it. I am wearing it every day on my right hand with the heart pointing inward, towards my heart.
If you don’t know what the Claddagh Ring symbolizes, I will give a little overview – the heart in the Claddagh symbolizes the love that you want to share with your true love, the crown symbolizes loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together. This is so true and all this simple truth is put into a small ring that has more than 500 years of history.
There is also a long legend connected with Claddagh village, Fisherman, Pirates and True Love which of course gives the story the Happy Ending and a special meaning to the Claddagh Ring . For those who love Fairy Tales, I put a link to this story on the right.
The Claddagh rings became popular as an engagement or a wedding rings. They took on even more significance when they began to be worn widely by women throughout Ireland. Everyone in Ireland knows how to wear the Claddagh ring – If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart pointing out, it means that the wearer’s heart is uncommitted. On dance parties, it was the first thing that the boys glanced at. Worn on the same hand with the heart pointing inward, the Claddagh ring means that the wearer’s heart is taken. This is the way I wear mine. Worn on the left hand with the heart pointing inward, it means “Let Love and Friendship reign forever, never to be separated.”