Hundreds of years after its creation, the Irish Claddagh ring has proven it will never go out of style. Its representation of love and loyalty never fade, symbolizing the journey to find your one, true love.
The classic Claddagh ring dates back to the 17th century in the small, Irish fishing village, Claddagh. While its exact origins are unclear, many believe the ancient legend from the 1600s…A man named Richard Joyce was kidnapped and taken away from his beloved and sold into slavery. There, he worked as a goldsmith — and designed the very first Claddagh ring for the love of his life, hoping he could one day return to her.
After fourteen years of captivity, he managed to escape and journeyed home to find she had been waiting for him, so he gave her the Claddagh ring and professed his love. They were soon married, and lived a long and happy life together.
Even if the story is more fable than fact, its themes represents love, loyalty and friendship. To symbolize this spirit of the Celtic and reflect the heart, hands and crown design, many even engrave the heart-warming quote, “Let love and friendship reign.”
Since the late 20th century, Claddagh rings have resurfaced as elegant engagement ring or wedding band alternatives, or as a classic accessory to layer and wear every day. Now the piece can be found in classic designs or contemporary and trending styles to match anyone’s preferences.
One of the most unique aspects about this ring is the meaning behind how you wear it on your hand. Each ring position represents a unique stage on your quest for love. Is your heart opened or closed? Follow our guide to see which ring positioning reflects your status:
Looking for love?
Wear the ring on your right hand with the bottom of the heart pointing towards your fingertips.
Taken by a special someone?
Wear the ring on your right hand with the bottom of the heart facing you.
Engaged and waiting?
Wear the ring on your left hand with the bottom of the heart pointing towards your fingertips.
Married to the love of your life?
Wear the ring on your left hand with the bottom of the heart facing you.
Wherever your heart sides, this Irish ring blends classic heritage with trending styles that make the perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift for your special someone — or give the ring year-round as a wedding and engagement present to celebrate true love.
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