Claddagh Jewelry

The Claddagh ring, or "Ring of Claddagh," has been a symbol of love, loyalty and friendship since the mid-1600s. Hailing originally from the fishing village of Claddagh, Ireland, the Claddagh ring design was reportedly an original symbol for the Fisher Kings. Today, Claddagh jewelry, particularly the Claddagh ring, is popular the world over.

Traditionally, the way in which a Claddagh ring is worn tells others about your romantic status. Worn on the right hand with the heart "facing out" is a subtle way of announcing one's emotional availability and eligibility. Worn on the right hand, but with the heart facing you, communicates that you are in a serious relationship, but not yet engaged. The "turned away" heart, from the point of view of others, lets others know you're not interested in being courted.

Worn on the left hand, the same positions indicate the difference between engagement and marriage. Worn with the heart facing out, you're engaged; with the heart facing in, towards the wearer, you're married. For many people, the Claddagh ring is a beautiful and friendly way of letting others know whether or not you're interested in being romantically approached.

If you're interested in authentic Claddagh rings, handmade in their country of origin, then we think you'll be delighted with the wide variety we offer here at Rings from Ireland. Every piece of our Claddagh jewelry is not only authentically Irish in its construction, it's authentically Irish in its hallmark. Every fine piece bears the world-famous imprint of the Irish Assays Office located on the grounds of Dublin Castle in Ireland. Thank you for considering Rings from Ireland as your source of authentic Claddagh jewelry.