Why you should offer a Claddagh Ring to your soul mate

Posted by Neil Hand on the 12th of February 2016 at 16:41:51

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A Claddagh ring is one of the most famous typical Irish jewels you can find In Ireland. You can find them in any "Celtic Jewelry", along with Triquetras and Trees of life etc. Most rings are for women, but some are made for men as well.

To be perfectly honest, the first time I heard about this famous ring, I was just a kid watching Buffy the Vampire Slayeron television. For fans of the Buffyverse out there (we never know), it is the ring Angel gives to Buffy in Season 2. When handing it to her, he says that if you wear this ringwith the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single whereas if you wear itwith the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is already in a relationship. That was to me an interesting concept.

So anyway, I grew up, came to Ireland and found those rings a bit everywhere in the jewelry shops. So I got to know a bit more about the origins of these rings and what they represent to Irish people.

 

The origins:

TheCladdagh ringis a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty). You find those words very often engraved on the ring.

The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village ofCladdagh, located just outside the old city walls ofGalway, now part of Galway City.The ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century. It appears that a man named Richard Joyce created the design. Richard Joyce was a slave in the West Indies when he was captured by mediterranean pirates. He was sold to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him to the craft. When he eventually got back to Galway, he set up a jewelry business and came up with this design.

Should you visit Galway City, you will find those rings everywhere!

The rings became really popular in Dublin, and later on in Ireland and even overseas.

 

Symbolism:

While Claddagh rings are sometimes used as friendship rings, they are most commonly used as engagement and wedding rings. Mothers sometimes give these rings to daughters when they come of age. Lovers in general give that ring to one another.

5 reasons the ring is so great:

1) It is that it has several meanings depending on the way you wear it and you actually have to be aware of the tradition around it to fully get the grasp of it. It is not just a simple engagement ring, as you can also wear it when your heart is available.

2) Which brings me to my second reason: you can reuse that ring even if you become single. It is a ring stating your heart status, where you are in your romantic life. It is a subtle way of implying you are looking for romantism.

3) It exists for men and women.

4) It is a huge part of Irish folklore and is a really traditional ring.Personally, since I met my lover in Ireland and I feel it would be appropriate to give one another Claddagh rings as a symbol of the romantic side of Ireland.

5) It's a really cool design... What do you need more?

 

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