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February 9, 2011

So I was looking through the Avon book and saw they had Claddagh rings.


The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
Claddagh rings may be used as friendship, relationship, eternity, engagement, or wedding rings depending on the intention of wearer and, in the case of a gift, of the giver. There are three traditionally accepted ways of wearing the ring which may signal someone’s relationship status:[1]

1. When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment.

2. On the same finger with the ring turned around, it suggests someone is romantically involved.

3. When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger it means the person is married or engaged.

There are other traditions involving the hand and the finger upon which the Claddagh is worn – but these are difficult to reference. Folklore about the ring is relatively recent with no “slow growth from antiquity” and “very little native Irish writing about the ring” according to Sean McMahon


I instantly fell in love with the meaning of them and their appearance. I felt kind of lame buying one for just myself, so I bought one for Mallory. I think they’re so romantic 🙂

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