Claddagh rings are a traditional form of Irish jewelry that dates back to the 17th century although some elements of their design go all the way back to ancient Romans. They represent a Celtic symbol for love, friendship, and loyalty. Due to their origin from a humble Galway fishing village, Claddagh rings are associated with Ireland and its people but they can have meaning for people from different cultures and customs.
Claddagh rings are recognized by their distinct symbols. The traditional design features two hands that surround a crowned heart. The two hands symbolize friendship, the heart symbolizes love, and the crown is the symbol of loyalty. The Claddagh ring design is very popular as a fashion accessory, but few people know its history.
It is generally accepted that the first Claddagh ring appeared in the Irish village of Claddagh around 1700 but who was the first person to make this ring is not clear. There are many myths and legends surrounding Claddagh ring and the most romantic concerns a certain Richard Joyce who was captured by pirates and sold to slavery to an Algerian goldsmith who taught him his craft. Joyce spent 14 years in captivity and crafted a Claddagh ring for his beloved, hoping that she was waiting for him. When he returned, he presented the Claddagh ring to his true love who remained faithful to him despite his long absence.
Traditional Irish Claddagh rings can be used for different occasions as friendship rings, birthstone rings, promise rings, engagement rings, and wedding rings. Claddagh rings are often exchanged not only by romantic partners but also by friends and family members showing the importance of every kind of bond and are often used as a family heirloom.
Modern Claddagh-inspired designs
Since its appearance, the Claddagh ring has grown in popularity and has become an iconic and universally recognizable symbol and a part of popular culture. Modern jewelers are inspired by distinctive Celtic traditions. They take Celtic symbols that are gorgeous classic and turn them into modern pieces. Modern Claddagh rings are popular not only for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal but they may be also used to show connections with Irish identity. Newer additions to traditional Claddagh ring designs include other popular Celtic symbols like Celtic knots which feature endless infinity patterns to represent timelessness and unity.
If you want to showcase your Irish heritage, check out a stunning collection of Celtic and Claddagh-inspired rings from Titanium Buzz. These stylish rings are made from contemporary trendy metals – black zirconium, cobalt chrome, titanium, and tungsten and feature the Claddagh symbol which has withstood the test of time with low-profile engravings and eye-catching designs. Rings come with as much detail as you will see with traditional Claddagh rings and are perfect for jewelry lovers who want to honor timeless traditions of wearing them as a token of love and commitment.
How to wear Claddagh rings
There are certain ways in which you can wear a Claddagh ring to show your relationship status to other people. There are four basic meanings.
- Wear your Claddagh ring on the right hand with the heart pointing outward if you are single and open to love.
- Wear your Claddagh ring on the right hand with the heart pointing towards you if you are dating with someone.
- Wear your Claddagh ring on the left hand with a heart pointing outward if you are engaged.
- Wear your Claddagh ring on the left hand with the bottom of the heart pointing towards you if you are married.
Claddagh rings symbolize many meanings and can be worn to celebrate different occasions, mainly engagements and weddings. Many people across the globe wear them to pay tribute to old Irish traditions but due to their beautiful and timeless designs, Claddagh rings look really fabulous in the modern age.