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The Claddagh ring is from Irish and it is a traditional ring that represents love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh ring design has two hands holding a heart with a crown on top. Claddagh ring is named after the small Irish fishing village on the coast of Galway. The Claddagh rings were produced about since 1700 from Galway, but the name of Claddagh ring was not used till at 1830s. The Claddagh ring is very popular in Irish and America as a friendship ring, engagement ring, also a wedding ring. Because of Claddagh rings symbol, it also makes a nice gift for anyone you love.
The myths and origin
There is a few myth about the origins of Claddagh ring. One of these myths is a tale of Richard Joyce. Richard was a young man a native of Galway from the small fishing village who just has met his true love. One day, he went out on a fishing boat and the fishing boat he was on has been captured by pirates. These pirates sold Richard and others on the boat as slaves. Richard was sold to a Moorish goldsmith where he worked and learned to design. As he worked, he stole very tiny amounts of gold and years later he had enough gold to make a ring. He designed a ring in hope of returning to his village to present the ring to his true love, which seemed nearly impossible.
There are few alternatives ending to this story, and it is not sure if he has managed to escape or was released, perhaps he earned his freedom. He was able to successfully return to his town Claddagh. Richard was filled with joy to find that his true love has not married anyone and was waiting for him faithfully. Richard was finally able to present his ring to his true love, a ring he made in a hope of seeing her again and married her. The ring he has made became known as a Claddagh ring.
The symbol of Claddagh ring and how to wear one
The Claddagh ring has the design of two hands holding, or clasping a heart with a crown mounted on top. This each design of hand, heart, and crown has a meaning of its own. The hand from Claddagh ring symbolizes the friendship, the heart symbolizes love, and the crown symbolizes loyalty or faithfulness.
There are 4 different way to wear a Claddagh ring, showing your relationship status.
1 ) If Claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the heart pointing to fingertip, this means that the wearer is single or looking for love.
2 ) If Claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the heart pointing to knuckle, this means that the wearer is currently in a relationship.
3 ) If Claddagh ring is worn on the left hand with the heart pointing to fingertip, it means that wearer is engaged.
4 ) If Claddagh ring is worn on the left hand with the heart pointing to knuckle, this means that wearer is already married.
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