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The claddagh ring jewelry originated in the Claddagh fishing village near Galway City in the West of Ireland. The celebrated Claddagh ring, as we know it today, stands as a monument to love and friendship. The design is striking and unmistakable, two hands joined together to support a single heart, and upon it a crown. The ring shows two hands (representing friendship) presenting a heart (representing love) adorned by a crown (representing loyalty) and it is thus the traditional Irish wedding band.
Today claddagh ring is worn extensively across Ireland, either on the right hand with the heart turned outwards showing that the wearer is "fancy free" or with the heart turned inwards to denote that he or she is "spoken for". Claddagh ring jewelry is taken to signify the wish that Love and friendship should reign supreme.
Ring jewelry today became an important part of fashionable costume and turns every day into an evening out. There's no better way to show one’s individual style. Unlike a pair of earrings, a necklace, or even a bracelet, a ring often has the most powerful significance and sentimental value of any jewelry item.
The ring size that is chosen is affected by the specific ring. Wider rings and those in which a stone or setting projects toward the finger will require larger sizes than thinner rings, even for the same finger.
Claddagh ring jewelry started to achieve popularity outside the Western region during the nineteenth century and especially after Queen Victoria of England wore one.
It is very important for claddagh ring jewelry the way the
ring is carried. If a claddagh ring is worn with the crown
facing inwards (to the hand) and with the heart on the inside,
then it signifies that the bearer is married or engaged, or
has found a lifelong friendship and if the ring is worn with
the heart on the outside and with the crown on the inside
then it signifies that the bearer is not promised.