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4 Ways To Show Your Relationship Status With Your Claddagh Ring

By on March 18, 2015

The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given to someone as a gift of love (I decided to gift it to myself). The ring has three parts: The love heart in the middle represents love, with the crown on the top representing loyalty and the two hands on either side represent friendship.

The Story of the Claddagh Ring

To tell you the story of the Claddagh Ring, I wanted to be authentic and not miss any details so this story is not written in my own words. I have taken the story from an Irish Jewellery brochure by Solvar Jewellery, the jewellery company that made my Claddagh Ring.

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This photo was taken by me of my Claddagh Ring at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

“The whisper of romance lingers within every Claddagh. A gift of love, crafted in Ireland, it echoes a tale of devotion retold over the centuries.

Once upon a time, so the story goes, a young Irish Sailor was captured and sold into slavery. Far from his native land he held the memory of his sweetheart deep in his heart. He never forgot her.

Years later, on his safe return to Galway, his gift to her was a Claddagh Ring. Forged with the skills he had learnt during his imprisonment, it was a token of his enduring love. ‘With these hands I give you my heart, and I crown it with my love’.”

4 Ways To Show Your Relationship Status With Your Claddagh Ring

Disclaimer: Don’t worry, I will never take up a career in hand modelling (I apologise for my hands), and I apologise for the terrible (and coming off) pink nail polish!

1. Single

Wear your Claddagh Ring on your RIGHT HAND, on your RING FINGER, with the HEART FACING OUTWARD

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2. In a relationship

Wear your Claddagh Ring on your RIGHT HAND, on your RING FINGER, with the HEART FACING INWARD

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3. Engaged

Wear your Claddagh Ring on your LEFT HAND, on your RING FINGER, with the HEART FACING OUTWARD

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4. Married/Wedding Ring

Wear your Claddagh Ring on your LEFT HAND, on your RING FINGER, with the HEART FACING INWARD

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You can wear it any way you like!

You don’t have to keep to the rules of the Claddagh Ring! It is your choice! I choose to wear mine on my RIGHT HAND, on my MIDDLE FINGER, with the HEART FACING INWARD.

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Share your thoughts

Do you own a Claddagh Ring? How do you wear it?

 

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  1. Liz Hoffmann

    April 10, 2016

    I got this ring on my 25th wedding anniversary in Charlottstown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. I’m Scottish and I love it!

    • Bec

      April 19, 2016

      That’s so cool! I bought mine in Ireland and I love it so much. I wear it all the time!

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Hi there! I'm Bec, creator of the travel blog The World As Bec Sees It. I'm a 26-year old Primary Teacher from Sydney, Australia with a severe case of wanderlust who believes it's possible to work in the job of your dreams and still find time to travel the world!

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