Glossary Term:Claddagh Ring

Claddagh-Ring
A traditional Irish ring depicting a heart held with two hands with a crown over it

A claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring. The distinctive design includes a pair of hands surrounding a heart with a crown on top of the heart.

The claddagh ring is worn by a female and represents love (the heart), loyalty (the crown) and friendship (the hands).

When worn on the right hand with the crown in and heart facing outward, the wearer is supposedly not in a serious or committed relationship and available for romance.

When the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing inward and the crown is out, this is an indication that the person’s heart has been captured i.e. spoken for.

When the claddagh ring is on the left hand with the heart facing outward, the wearer is engaged.

Upon marriage, the ring remains on the left hand with the heart facing inward and the crown out.

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