Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crazy Bout' Claddaghs!

Last summer, I visited Dublin, Ireland and was educated in what is now my most prized item of jewelry, my claddagh ring. I love it not only because I am part Irish, but because Dublin was the most amazing place I have ever been and while other girls may have the ring, I have memories and an adventure behind mine from none other than Dublin, Ireland!

My Claddagh ring, right after I purchased it in Dublin, Ireland!

 My best friend SgH & I at the Guiness Factory, which has a 360 view of Dublin.
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My sweet boyfriend even surprised me with this adorable charm for my Pandora bracelet!

Claddagh rings are special and unique because it tells the public if you are in a relationship, single, married, looking for love, or uninterested. It is an old Irish tradition. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart with a crown above it. 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 may be used as friendship, relationship, eternity, engagement, or wedding rings depending on the intention of wearer and, in the case of a gift, of the giver. There are three traditionally accepted ways of wearing the ring which may signal someone's relationship status:
1. When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment.
2. On the same finger with the ring turned around, it suggests someone is romantically involved.
    [Disclaimer: the previous picture was taken before I fully understood the rule & mine should have been turned the opposite way]
3. When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger it means the person is married or engaged.
[Wikipedia]

There are many different designs of the Claddagh, here are some of my favorites I have found while browsing. You may not be able to purchase them in Ireland, but many of the websites are companies based in Ireland. Hey, you win some, you lose some, either way, they are very beautiful and romantic.
<em>Irish</em> Celtic <em>Claddagh</em> CZ Sterling Silver Friendship Ring
Overstockjewelry.com

<em>Claddagh Rings</em> "Friendship Love Loyalty" "Chevron <em>Design</em>"
Steve Hydock Jewelers

10K <em>Gold Claddagh Ring</em> - Personalized Jewelry
Limoges Jewlery

Celticattic.com
[This one is actually made out of a spoon at a celtic store, so neat!]

I think these are going to be one of the next big jewlery trends. Maybe it's because I've been obsessed with mine ever since I got it, but I feel like I've seen a lot of girls sporting Claddagh rings lately.


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