A timeless look in the fashion world are the Irish Claddagh Rings.
Claddagh rings were first discovered in Europe, dating back to Roman times. In medieval and Renaissance Europe, the rings were first worn as “love rings” and “marriage rings.”
Irish Claddagh rings hold the symbolic meaning of friendship, love, and/or marriage. The design of the ring portrays elements of each of these meaningful aspects. There are two hands holding a heart, with a crown on top. The two hands symbolize friendship, while the heart symbolizes love and the crown, loyalty, something that should be found in both friendship and love.
Claddagh rings can also hold symbolism in the way they are worn. If the heart is pointing toward the wearer, this means their heart has been taken by someone whether it’s a boyfriend, fiance, or husband. When the heart is pointing away from the wearer, this means they are still single and available.
While Irish Claddagh rings are mainly used as a form of friendship ring, they have also been used by couples as engagement and wedding rings. Some couples feel this is a way to add more symbolism and heritage to their marriage. In Ireland, Claddagh rings are passed down from generation to generation, holding family tradition and value.
Today, Claddagh rings come in many shapes, sizes, materials, and styles. They are most commonly found in sterling silver and gold styles and sometimes complimented with a gemstone such as genuine Baltic amber or birthstones. Claddagh rings can be easily matched with any outfit, for any occasion and match especially well with Celtic Knot Jewelry and other Celtic Jewelry.
“Legend has it that the Claddagh symbol was created by a Galway seafarer kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery. While separated from his home and the woman he intended to marry, he learned the trade of a goldsmith and forged a ring as a symbol of his love for her. Upon his release, he presented her with the ring and they were married.”