The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty and friendship. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City.
The ring as we know it was first produced in the 17th century. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). Claddagh rings, have come to denote pride in Irish heritage, while continuing to be symbols of love or marriage.
Claddagh rings are often used as friendship rings, but are most commonly used as engagement/wedding rings. In Ireland, America and other places, the Claddagh is handed down mother-to-daughter or grandmother-to-granddaughter. The way a Claddagh ring was worn on the hand was usually intended to convey the wearer's relationship status.
Bella Cosa Jewelers has a large selection of Claddagh rings, most produced in our in-house design studio. Give us your size at Checkout and we will be happy to size it for you.