About The Claddagh Ring
The Claddagh, is an Irish symbol of Love, Friendship and loyalty. It is believed that around 300 years ago in a small fishing village called Claddagh which overlooked Galway Bay, lived Richard Joyce who was a Master Goldsmith. It is said that Richard was the man who first created this famous design, that has become a wonderful part of the Irish heritage, although there are other theories on the origins of this ring design. The Claddagh Ring belongs to a group of finger rings called Fede or Faith rings which date back to Roman times. They are recognisable by the design of two clasped hands, symbolising faith, trust or commitment and are often giving as promise rings as the sign of a forthcoming engagement.
The name of the ring comes from a small fishing village in Ireland called the Claddagh which was an ancient village with winding streets and small thatched roofed mud houses. The word Claddagh comes from the Irish word 'An Cladach' which means a 'stony beach.’
This Claddagh ring is a particularly distinctive ring, with two hands which clasp a heart surmounted by a crown. The ring worn on the right hand, crown turned inward tells your heart is yet unoccupied, but the ring worn with the crown turned outwards, reveals love is being considered. Worn on the left hand the crown turned outward shows all, your heart is truly spoken for. A romantic Irish ring design with a wonderful tale to tell!