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Claddagh Ring: the most authentic Irish gesture of love that you could possibly do is to exchange Claddagh rings. These beautiful rings originated in the village of Claddagh in Galway back in the 18th century, where they were originally used by the fishermen of the village as a means of identification.

The unique design didn’t take long to spread all across the country however, and soon became a favoured gift for couples or close friends to give one another.

The ring’s design is a heart held by two hands with a crown on top. The heart, obviously, symbolises love, the hands friendship, and the crown loyalty – in other words, the most important elements of any successful relationship! The tradition of the ring is that if you wear it with the tip of the heart pointing in towards your wrist, your heart has been promised to someone, but if it points outwards, you’re still on the lookout for your soulmate. The left hand is associated with serious relationships, while the right hand is for close friendships or family ties.


Interesting history, thank you!
Interesting history, thank you!
I guess that's why the left hand is where the wedding ring goes!

Problematic if, like me, you are left handed! :o)