The Claddagh is an Irish ring representing love, friendship and loyalty. The ring was first produced in the 17th century in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh. The ring’s design has two hands clasping a heart, usually topped by a crown. The heart symbolizes love, the hands symbolize friendship and the crown represents loyalty.
Claddagh rings are usually used as engagement and wedding rings, although mothers sometimes give one to daughters when they come of age. The Claddagh ring can be worn to show the wearer’s relationship status. Worn on the right hand with the heart’s point towards the fingertips signals that the wearer is single and looking for love. When worn on the right hand with the point of the heart towards the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. When worn on the left hand, the ring symbolizes either engagement or marriage. When the point of the heart faces the fingertips, the wearer is engaged and when it points to the wrist, the wearer is married.
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