"With These hands, I give you my heart and
crown it with my love."
Do you have someone in your life to which you pledge your love, loyalty and friendship forever?
How to wear the Claddagh ring
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates that the wearer is single.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned inward, towards you symbolizes that the wearer is being courted in a relationship.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates a romantic engagement.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned inward, towards you on the left hand indicates marriage.
In Ireland it is traditional for mothers to hand
down claddagh rings to their daughters.
The Meaning of the Claddagh Ring
The Irish Claddagh, pronounced [klah-duh] is called a fáinne Chladaigh in Irish. The traditional Irish Claddagh ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The hands of the claddagh ring stand for friendship. The heart of the claddadgh ring stands for love and the crown is a symbol of loyalty. The Claddagh has actually been worn since Roman times! The beautiful meaning of the claddagh ring has made the claddagh ring a celebrated romantic gift for people of all nationalities. But none can argue that the claddagh ring holds a rather special meaning to those romantics of Irish heritage.
The Claddagh Story
A short history of the Claddagh ring. Long ago a young man was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed and he wondered if his true love would wait for him. Over the years he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years he finally returned home to Claddagh. Upon his return and to his joy he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of their love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh.