Classic Claddagh - From Movies to Music

Traditional Claddagh RingFrom celebrities to musicians and royalty to political figures, the Claddagh ring has been spotted from the catwalk to state banquets.

The most traditional of Irish symbols, the Claddagh ring consists of two hands holding a crowned heart representing love, loyalty and friendship, and its popularity never wanes.

Here are four famous occasions where the most well-known and eternally popular piece of Irish Celtic jewelry, the Claddagh, has appeared:

Starring on the Big Screen

Julia Roberts created a surge of popularity for the Claddagh ring when she was spotted wearing one back in 1995. Liam Neeson has regularly worn one, as have Jennifer Aniston, Gabriel Byrne and Mia Farrow. The Walt Disney statue at Disneyland also depicts him wearing a Claddagh ring! 
 Julia Roberts  Gabriel Byrne
 Liam Neeson
Julia Roberts
Gabriel Byrne
Liam Neeson

Spotted on the Small Screen

Fans of one of the most popular TV series ever, Friends, will also recognize the Claddagh that is featured outside the apartment of Joey and Rachel in the episode 'The One with Rachel's Book'. The cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer saw another surge in the sales of the Claddagh when Angel presented Buffy with a Claddagh ring for her 17th birthday to show that they were joined forever. X-Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary always carries one gifted to him by his mother and has stated that it shows that he's 'proud to be Irish'.

Friends Buffy The Vampire Slayer
 Friends Buffy The Vampire Slayer

The Ring of Royalty

The Claddagh has always been recognized by royalty and is the only ring made in Ireland that has been worn by Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V and Queen Alexandra. A Claddagh design brooch and cufflinks made from Connemara marble were presented to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1962.

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco

The Mark of Musicians

U2's Bono has often been spotted wearing a Claddagh ring. Musicians Liam and Noel Gallagher, formerly of iconic band Oasis have also been seen wearing the Claddagh. Fans of Doors front man and Claddagh wearer Jim Morrison have often purchased Claddagh rings to emulate him and Bing Crosby also declared it as his favorite.

Bing Crosby Jim Morrison Bono
Bing Crosby
Jim Morrison

The Claddagh is the most famous of all Irish Celtic jewelry and who knew that this symbol originating from the tiny fishing village of Claddagh in Ireland would continue to enjoy such popularity around the world.
Posted on May 9, 2014 and tagged claddagh