Gold Diamond and Emerald Claddagh Ring
Claddagh Rings fáinne Chladaigh
This is a traditional Irish ring given as a token of love and frquently w as a wedding ring
The custom of wearing this ring started in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh.
Claddagh is located just outside the city of Galway on the West Coast Of Ireland.
The claddagh Ring was first produced in the 1600's during the reign of Queen Mary II, but parts of the design date back to the late Roman period.
The ring shown above is a modern Claggddagh Ring from the Bradford Exchange.
All Claddagh Rings have the same basic design and feature two hands clasping a heart, and normally these are surmounted by a crown
The Claddagh Ring Symbols represent love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
Claddagh rings can also be worn as friendship or relationship rings depending on the intention of wearer and, in the case of a gift, of the giver. There are three traditionally normal ways of wearing the ring which usually signal someone's relationship or Marital Status.
1. When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment.
2. On the same finger with the Claddagh ring turned around, it suggests someone is romantically involved.
3. When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger it means the person is married or engaged
The Claddagh ring is similar to a group of European finger rings called "fede rings".
The name "fede" comes from the Italian phrase mani in fede ("hands [joined] in faith" or "hands [joined] in loyalty
These rings date from Roman times, when the gesture of clasped hands was a symbol of pledging vows, and they were used as love and marriage rings in medieval and Renaissance Europe
Fede rings are cast in the form of two clasped hands, symbolizing faith, trust, or “plighted troth
But today , the Claddagh ring is seen as a distinctively Irish variation on the fede ring although the hands, heart, and crown motif was once used in other European countries as well.
Galway has produced Claddagh rings continuously since at least 1700 but the name "Claddagh ring" was not used until the 1840s
The Claddagh Ring was in earlier timas a gift from Galway fishermen to their love d ones.
The wedding ring is often an heirloom in a family. It is regularly transferred by the mother to her daughter first married; and so on to their descendants
These rings were originally large, and of solid gold, .
The Claddagh ring was not widespread until the 18th and early 19th centuries
Galway jewellers began to market it beyond the local area in the 19th century and presented a ring to Queen Victoria in 1849 Dublin goldsmiths started to make it too, and more "widespread recognition" came in the 20th century.
A "Fenian" Claddagh ring, without the crown, was later designed in Dublin
Claddagh rings, with or without the crown (most commonly with a crown), have come to denote pride in Irish heritage, while continuing to be symbols of love and marriage.
Claddaghs continue to be worn, primarily by those of Irish heritage, as both a cultural symbol and as engagement and wedding rings.
Here are some intereting Claddagh Rings you might like to own.