The Claddagh Ring
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April 15, 2008
The Claddagh Ring is a traditional Irish ring, given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh. The ring was first produced in the 17th Century. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually with by a crown. This symbol is said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand is intended to show the wearer's romantic availability, or lack of availability. Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward 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 with the heart facing outward is often a sign of being engaged, and the ring on the left hand facing inward toward the body indicates that the wearer is married. Two Rivers Jewelry has a large selection of beautiful Claddagh jewelry.
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