The traditional Irish claddagh ring depicts two clasped hands holding a crowned heart, symbols of love, loyalty, and friendship. The design's origins are clouded with mystery, but one of the most popularand romanticstories of how it came to be tells of goldsmith Robert Joyce from the village of Claddagh, who was forced into slavery after his ship was captured en route to the West Indies. Joyce's skills supposedly so impressed his master that the man offered him his freedom, his daughter's hand in marriage, and great sums of money if Joyce would stay. Joyce declined all of these temptations and returned to his betrothed in Ireland, where he presented her with this ring.
This classic sterling silver ring is handcrafted in a family-owned studio in the heart of Dublin. Although the ring is often exchanged at wedding ceremonies as a symbol of romantic love, it is also given as a token of friendship, or passed from mother to daughter as a family heirloom.
Handmade in Ireland.
Rhodium-plated sterling silver, to prevent tarnishing.
Sizes 6, 7, 8. Approximately 3/8" at the widest point.
The inside of the band is engraved "Love Loyalty Friendship"
According to authors Colin Murphy and Donal O’Dea:
The way that a claddagh ring is worn on the hand is usually intended to convey the wearer’s romantic availability, or lack thereof. 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, although not yet married. A claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger, facing outward away from the body, generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. 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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