The Ring Of Claddagh, what does it mean?
The Beautiful Claddagh Ring
What does the Ring of Claddagh mean?
Anyone can wear it
The ring of claddagh is made up of three distinctive features the hands, the heart and the crown and they mean the following,
The Hands - means friendship
The Heart - means love
The Crown - means loyalty
You don't have to wear it as a betrothal ring, or as a wedding ring. It's a ring of friendship.
I would wear a claddagh ring as a sign that I have a special place in my heart for Ireland.
You don't need to pay a fortune for a Claddagh Ring
How to wear the Claddagh Ring - There are four ways to wear it
There are four traditional ways to wear the Ring of Claddagh
- If you're free, wear your Claddagh ring on the right hand with the bottom of the heart pointing out.
- When you're serious, wear your Claddagh on the right hand with the bottom of the heart pointing up.
- When you're engaged, the ring goes on the third finger of the left hand, with the heart pointing out.
- After the wedding, the ring is on the wedding finger with the heart pointing up (to your heart.)
Where did the Claddagh Ring come from?
Two interesting stories about the design
There are two interesting versions of the origin of the design used in the Ring of Claddagh, and both of them are associated with the Joyce clan
Richard Joyce And The Ring Of Claddagh
A story about the origin of the Claddagh Ring
The most popular story surrounding the ring of claddagh is linked to a man named Richard Joyce.
Joyce, a native of Galway, was captured by Algerian Corsairs while on his way to the West Indies and subsequently sold as a slave to a wealthy Moorish Goldsmith.
Joyce became highly skilled in the craft and eventually his master took a great liking to him. When offered his freedom, Joyce happily returned to his native land as as a master gold smith himself.
He set himself up in the Claddagh, an ancient settlement near the city of Galway. From there he designed and made the first claddagh ring in Ireland.
Margaret Joyce And The Ring Of Claddagh
Another story about the origin of the Claddagh Ring
Back in the sixteenth century Margaret Joyce of Galway married a wealthy Spanish merchant trader, and moved to Spain for many years.
When her husband died, Margaret Joyce Inherited all his wealth and moved back to her native Ireland.
There she married the Mayor of Galway and used her inheritance to improve the city of Galway. She was responsible for the first bridge to be built between Sligo and Galway, and was known locally as 'Margaret of the Bridges'.
For her good deeds, an eagle dropped the first claddagh ring of Ireland into her lap.
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