The Claddagh design is used on the traditional wedding ring of the Irish.
The Claddagh is often placed on betrothal bands to represent holding a lover's heart in one's hands. "With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love."
Traditionally, the Claddagh ring has been considered a marriage heirloom. A mother would pass the family Claddagh ring to her daughter on her daughter's wedding day.
- The crown symbolizes loyalty.
- The hands symbolize friendship.
- The heart symbolizes love.
- Sometimes combined with a cross to symbolize faith.
How to Wear a Claddagh Ring
- If worn on your right hand with the heart facing outwards, it means your heart is still open to love.
- If worn on your right hand with the heart facing inwards, you are telling the world that you are considering being in love.
- If worn on your left hand with the heart facing inwards, it means you have joined your life with another forever.