The story of the Claddagh
The Wearing of the Claddagh
When the Claddagh is worn on the right hand, with crown and heart facing out, it signifies the wearer's heart is not yet won. When in love, the Claddagh is worn on the left hand and the heart and crown face inwards. The crown and heart facing inwards declare to all that you've found the love of your life and you shall spend your life together. What better expression of love, marriage is there?
Right Hand Heart Facing Out = Single
Right Hand Heart Facing In = In a Committed Relationship
Left Hand Heart Facing Out = Engaged
Left Hand Heart Facing In = Married
The Claddagh is worn all over the world, some by people with Irish roots and others who wear it simply the symbolism it embodies and a genuine liking of the design itself.
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The Claddagh Story
In the early 17th century an Irish man, Richard Joyce, was fishing off the cost of Galway a week before his wedding when his boat capsized. Richard was captured by Mediterranean pirates and sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith.
After many years, Richard escaped and returned home to Ireland to find that the girl he loved had never married. Richard made a unique ring for this love. The ring consists of three symbols: the hands signifying friendship, holding a heart signifying love, topped with a crown for loyalty.
Richard and his love married and lived in the village of Claddagh. Though the village no longer exists, the Claddagh ring remains as a sign of love, loyalty and friendship.