Whether you’re Irish or not, the Claddagh ring is considered a beautiful piece of fine jewelry whose symbolism has been enjoyed by a myriad of women (and men!) for over 400 years. Characterized by a pair of hands clasping a heart with a crown placed above, the Claddagh ring is designed to represent love (heart), loyalty (crown), and friendship (hands).
For those of Irish heritage, the Claddagh ring is fine jewelry worn to elegantly represent the wearer’s romantic relationship status without the use of Facebook. On which hand one wears the ring is of utmost importance.
The right hand
Wearing the Claddagh ring on the right hand typically means the wearer is not engaged or married. To wear the Claddagh ring on the right ring finger with the heart faced away from the wearer indicates that the wearer of the ring is looking for love. However, to wear the ring with the heart faced toward the wearer indicates that he or she is in a relationship and is not available.
The left hand
To wear the Claddagh ring on the left hand, traditionally on the ring finger, with the heart facing outward means the wearer is engaged. During the wedding ceremony, the ring is then turned by the bride and/or groom to have the heart face the wearer as a physical representation of their marriage.
Choosing a Claddagh ring
Claddagh rings come in a variety of styles at a variety of prices. Although typically made of a simple silver or gold band, for the one-third of people buying diamond jewelry who are willing to spend over $1,000 on their loved ones and for those who are looking to purchase Claddagh rings as engagement rings or bridal jewelry, diamonds can be integrated into the design by a custom jeweler.
Claddagh rings as wedding jewelry
For the Irish, Claddagh rings are a traditional piece of fine jewelry. However, they can be worn by anyone, especially on their special day. While originating in Galway 400 years ago in a village by the same name, Claddagh rings aren’t restricted to the Irish. If you like the symbolism of the ring and would love to use it in your wedding ceremony, you should absolutely consider it!