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The Beautiful Claddagh Ring Meaning and Claddagh Symbol

The Claddagh Ring, without a doubt is one of Ireland’s most famous symbols of heritage. The claddagh depicts two hands gentle holding a heart that is adorned with a royal crown. It symbolizes the strength of a relationship, bound eternally in friendship, love and loyalty. The wearing of the Irish Claddagh ring is a tradition, rich in meaning and history. The Claddagh Ring has become a worldwide symbol of Irish culture and heritage loved by all nationalities.

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Irish Claddagh Ring Meaning and Claddagh Ring Wedding Traditions

Have you ever seen an authentic Claddagh Ring? Chances are if you are Irish or you have taken a trip to Ireland you have seen this beautiful and unique piece of Irish jewelry.

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By definition a claddagh [ klah-duh ] is a noun. It is a ring in the form of two hands clasping a crowned heart, given in friendship or love.

According to dictionary.com

Expect fine jewelry designer, Jennifer Derrig who is the owner and head designer at The Irish Jewelry Company described the tradition of the Irish claddagh ring as such.

The Claddagh Ring is an instantly recognizable symbol that represents true love and boundless affection. Like a bond between soul mates.

Jennifer Derrig, owner of The Irish Jewelry Company

What are Claddagh Rings?

Claddagh rings are fede rings and have a long history dating back to Roman times. The name “fede” derives from the Italian phrase mani in fede meaning loosely “hands joined in faith” or “hands joined in loyalty”. The clasped hands were viewed as promise ring used as an engagement ring or wedding ring in medieval and Renaissance Europe. Irish Claddagh rings are a version of the fede ring has roots deeply seeded in long standing Irish tradition.

So what do claddagh rings mean?

The Irish say if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, the Claddagh rings may be the choice for you. Claddagh rings, are often mistakenly spelt Clatter Ring or Clodagh Ring, like it sounds (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring. The Claddagh ring literally means eternal love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh ring consists of a heart, for love with a crown, for loyalty held by two hands symbolizing friendship. Claddagh Rings have become a famous symbol of love treaured by Irish and non Irish all around the world.

A short history of the Claddagh ring.

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Irish folklore says that long ago a young man was captured by Algerian pirates and sold into slavery from the small Irish fishing village of Claddagh. He was taught to be a goldsmith as a slave. Many years in servitude passed and he often wondered if his true love waited for him all this time. Over the years enslaved he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a special ring to convey his love. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years had passed he finally released from his servitude and he returned home to the village of Claddagh. Upon his return to Ireland to his unbelieavable joy he discovered that his true love had waited for him. SSo he presented her the ring he made during his time away as a symbol of his enduring love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh. Do you have someone in your life to which you pledge your love, loyalty and friendship forever?

Traditional matching Claddagh wedding bands

Can a Claddagh Ring be an engagement or wedding ring? 

Claddagh Rings are a universal token of love for lads and lassies. That’s means both men and women an wear Claddagh Rings as promise rings, or as wedding bands. They can also be given as an engagement ring as a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty.

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The symbol of the Irish claddagh can be incorporated in many ways during the wedding ceremony. Brides can wear claddagh jewelry, give claddagh jewelry to the bridemaids and tie a claddagh charm to their bouquet. The claddagh can also be used in the design of the invitations, place cards and on the linens. The groom can also find grooms man gifts such as claddagh engraved flasks and claddagh cufflinks and so much more.

Says Jennifer Derrig, owner of The Irish Jewelry Company

Are there different types of Claddaghs?

There are many unique styles of claddagh jewelry. Most claddagh styles basically have the hands, heart, and crown. However, the Fenian Claddagh, also known as the Dublin Claddagh Ring has two hands holding a heart and no crown was made in Dublin in the 1800’s. Then there is the Trinity Claddagh Ring, a modern twist on the combination of the traditional claddagh ring and trinity knot takes Irish jewelry to a new level of great design.

The claddagh ring is in its simplest form a true token of love. Whatever type of claddagh ring you choose or however your decide to incorporate it in your wedding day its is a symbol all of your guests are sure to recognize.

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Edwardian Claddagh Engagement Ring

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Our Edwardian Claddagh Ring in vintage style glimmers in diamonds and delicate milgrain work creating heirloom appeal. This beautiful Edwardian Claddagh ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. This beautiful claddagh ring can be worn 062126_cas a right hand ring, promise ring or even as an engagement ring.

The Edwardian style of jewelry had its beginnings in the late victorian era from 1890 until 1915. Diamonds and white metal jewelry reigned supreme during the Edwardian jewelry era .  The hallmark of Edwardian design is delicate metal work like an Irish lace curtain. Edwardian jewelry was designed to look light and intricate like the femininity of an Edwardian era woman. Edwardian jewelry has seen a resurgence popularized by fans of the popular t.v. show Downton Abbey.

  • Edwardian Claddagh Ring is sterling silver.
  • It is rhoduim and rose gold plated.
  • The Edwardian Claddagh Ring has an 1/8 ct. tw. of diamonds.
  • Available in sizes 5-10.

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Every jewelry gift from The Irish Jewelry Company comes gift boxed in our signature style, a simple white glossy gift box sealed with a satin emerald green ribbon and our gold label. Included at no additional charge is an Irish Blessing, toast or story card. If this is a gift included at no additional charge is a card for the recipient, hand written for that extra personal touch.

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Hugs and Kisses Claddagh Collection

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This is totally charming. The XO claddagh will show her how much you want to smother her in you affections all while proclaiming your eternal friendship, love and loyalty.

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Hugs and Kisses Claddagh Necklace

  • The Hugs and Kisses Claddagh Necklace is sterling silver and rhoduim plated.
  • The XO claddagh necklace measures approximately 12 mm.
  • The hugs and kisses claddagh necklace has clear cz stones.
  • It comes on an 18 inch chain with a 2 inch extender.

Exclusively by The Irish Jewelry Company

Every jewelry gift from The Irish Jewelry Company comes gift boxed in our signature style, a simple white glossy gift box sealed with a satin emerald green ribbon and our gold label. Included at no additional charge is an Irish Blessing, toast or story card. If this is a gift included at no additional charge is a card for the recipient, hand written for that extra personal touch.

This design and its images are copyrighted © by The Irish Jewelry Company™

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Hugs and Kisses Claddagh Ring

  • Hugs and Kisses Claddagh Ring is sterling and rhoduim plated.
  • The XO claddagh ring has clear cz stones.
  • Available in sizes 5-10.

Exclusively by The Irish Jewelry Company

Every jewelry gift from The Irish Jewelry Company comes gift boxed in our signature style, a simple white glossy gift box sealed with a satin emerald green ribbon and our gold label. Included at no additional charge is an Irish Blessing, toast or story card. If this is a gift included at no additional charge is a card for the recipient, hand written for that extra personal touch.

This design and its images are copyrighted © by The Irish Jewelry Company™

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How to Wear A Claddagh Ring

Experience every stage of love, loyalty and friendship. There is an old Irish saying that goes, “With These hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love.”

  • 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.

Claddagh Traditions… In Ireland it is traditional for mothers to hand down claddagh rings to their daughters.

The Meaning of the Claddagh…  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. Do you have someone in your life to which you pledge your love, loyalty and friendship forever?

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The Meaning of the Claddagh

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 rings holds a rather special meaning to those romantics of Irish heritage. hp claddagh ring 700x240

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The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh ring  in Irish is fáinne Chladaigh. It is a traditional Irish ring given as a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. Each part of the Claddagh ring has a meaning. The Claddagh ring hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and the crown represents loyalty.

The Claddagh ring design and tradition began in the small Irish fishing village of Claddagh, Ireland. Claddagh is situated just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City. It is said that the Claddagh ring was first produced in the 17th century.

As the Claddagh story goes 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.

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The Claddagh ring belongs to a unique style of European finger rings called “fede rings”. This name “fede” comes from the Italian phrase mani in fede, meaning hands joined loyalty used as engagement or wedding rings during the Renaissance.