CLADDAGH RINGS

The Claddagh ring, which consists of two hands holding a heart wearing a crown, represents the values of love, friendship and loyalty. Made and hallmarked in Ireland with FREE worldwide shipping.

How To Wear Your Claddagh Ring
Single: Wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing outwards.
Relationship: Wear it on your right hand with the heart pointed inwards.
Engaged: Wear it on your left hand with the heart pointing outwards.
Married: Wear it on your left hand with the heart facing inward.

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Treat your adorable baby girl to her first real jewelry with this beautiful Claddagh ring baby. The two hands represent friendship, the crown is for loyalty, and the heart symbolizes your eternal love for one another. Available in Sterling silver, 10k or 14k yellow or white gold.

From $47.00

Very much the female version of the Claddagh ring, the Child's Claddagh Ring is an ideal gift to a girl or young woman. The hands represent friendship, the crown signifies loyalty, and the heart symbolizes your never ending love for each other.

From $84.00

The Claddagh ring medium consists of two hands to represent friendship between two people, the crown is to signify lasting loyalty, and finally the heart to symbolize your love for each other. This handmade Claddagh ring is available in silver, gold and white gold. 

From $297.00

This is the classic ancient Claddagh ring enhanced with a bright green emerald set into the heart, this part of the design represents the love between two people and the hands and crown signify loyalty and friendship. 

From $564.00

The vivid green of the heart shaped Brazilian emerald (0.22 cts) set in this stunning ring and the Claddagh design makes it unmistakably Irish. This ancient symbol is more than 300 yeas old and signifies love, loyalty and friendship. 

From $701.00

This is a very stylish version of the ancient Claddagh design, the history of this famous symbol originated more than 300 years ago and it expresses love, loyalty and friendship. The heart is set with a rich green emerald and the crown is set with accent diamonds.

From $95.00

This is the men''s Claddagh ring heavy. It''s a perfect example of the traditional Claddagh design with all its meaning. The two hands symbolize friendship, the royal crown is said to signify loyalty, while the heart represents eternal love.

From $88.00

The crown on this Claddagh Ring Crown is featured more prominently than with some other versions, thus putting more emphasis on loyalty and lasting fidelity. The two hands represent friendship and the heart represents eternal love.

From $98.00

Stylish and elegant, this is a men's Claddagh design with a clean and uncluttered look. The style is very modern but look closer and you will see the three features of the ancient design meaning love, loyalty and friendship. 

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This stylish Claddagh ring features an unusual twisted shank leading to the hands of the Claddagh. The hands represent friendship, the crown signifies loyalty and the heart represents eternal love. 

From $1170.00

This Claddagh ring would be suitable as an eternity, or engagement ring. The Claddagh design is over 300 years old and represents love, loyalty and friendship. To further enhance the ring, our craftsmen have set four accent diamonds on each side.

From $105.00

The Claddagh design featured in an eternity ring is the perfect combination. Both represent love and a long term relationship between two people. The hands represent friendship, the crown signifies loyalty and the heart represents eternal love. 

From $125.00

The Big One! The smooth gold in this band adds to the size of the ring. For those who really want to make a statement that everyone notices! Once again, love, loyalty and friendship is the order of the day. Available in Sterling silver, gold or white gold. 

From $88.00

A line of sparkling accent diamonds (10 stones) surround the heart in this classic Claddagh style ring. The ancient design represents love, loyalty and friendship. This beautiful handcrafted Claddagh ring is available in your choice of 10k and 14k yellow or white gold.

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This Claddagh ring looks truly Irish, it is one of our diamond and emerald set versions of the ancient design. The heart is formed from a vivid green emerald which is enhanced with a surround of 10 accent diamonds (CZ in silver version). 

From $796.00

This breath-taking Claddagh ring has beautiful cubic zirkonias around the rim of the band and Agate in the center of the heart. The Claddagh ring is one of the most romantic rings one can buy. Available in either gold or white gold.

From $155.00

From the decorative rim to the standout Claddagh design, this ring is a real eye full. Each Claddagh design is separated by a green cubic zirkonia. Love, loyalty and friendship is the mantra with this band. Available in gold or white gold options. 

From $728.00

This gold Claddagh ring is highlighted by the pearl embedded into the heart center. The crown above the heart is lined with three diamonds. The Claddagh symbol represents love, loyalty and friendship. This Claddagh ring is available in gold or white gold. 

From $95.00

Two hands to represent friendship, the crown to signify loyalty and lasting fidelity, and the sign of the heart to symbolize your eternal love for each other. This beautiful hand-crafted Claddagh ring is available in silver, gold and white gold. 

From $795.00

At first glance, this ring looks like a contemporary design, but closer inspection shows the traditional ancient Claddagh design which has been given a new and unique modern style by our skilled craftsmen.

From $380.00

Introducing the 2 Piece Claddagh Ring. This is an unusual and elegant version of the traditional Claddagh ring. It looks like one ring, but it is handcrafted in two separate pieces, one made from white gold, the other from yellow gold.

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This elegant band ring has the Claddagh design inset into it and would also make a perfect wedding ring. Available in sterling silver or 14k yellow gold, the brushed finish to the background of the design makes it even more attractive.

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Only the price would tell you that this beautiful Claddagh ring is made from silver and Cubic Zirconia's. Our craftsmen pay the same attention to detail no matter what the price, so unless you tell, no one would ever know! Hallmarked by the Dublin Assay Office. 

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Handcrafted from both sterling silver and 14K gold for the inset Claddagh heart, hands and crown, this is an unusual and elegant modern take on this ancient design. This women's ring also features engraved Celtic knot work.

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What's the Story?

The Claddagh Ring Legends

There are many stories associated with the creation of the first Claddagh ring. Many of these stories are based in myths or folklore. Other stories are closer to what most believe to be the truth, although no one is one hundred percent positive about who originally created it. One of these myths involves a woman by the name of Margaret Joyce.

Wealthy Widow

Margaret was the wealthy widow of a merchant from Spain named Domingo De Rona. As his widow, Joyce inherited the merchant's fortune and was quite wealthy. She went on to marry the Galway mayor. Using her inheritance, Margaret Joyce paid for the construction of a bridge. In return for her generous use of her wealth, she was given the first Claddagh ring. The ring did not come to her in a conventional manner, however; instead it is said that the ring was suddenly dropped into her lap by an eagle.

Margaret Joyce

Richard Joyce

The story that is most likely to be the true origin involves another Joyce. In this well-known telling, an Irish man named Richard Joyce is thought to have created the first ring of this type. It is said that he was captured and sold by pirates as a slave. During his time spent as a slave, his goldsmith master taught him the skills necessary to work as a goldsmith. This was a skill that Richard took to and became very proficient at.

Three Pirate Ships

Freedom

After years in slavery, Richard was granted freedom in the late 17th century. His freedom was given when King William III was able to negotiate the release of his subjects from slavery. The goldsmith, who did not want to lose Joyce, offered him his beautiful daughter as a wife in efforts to entice him to stay.

King William III

Return to Ireland

Declining the offer, Joyce returned to his home in the town of Galway in Ireland. Upon his return to Ireland, he became a jeweler and created the ring now known as Claddagh . In fact, some of the earliest versions of the ring bear Joyce's mark and initials, which lends to the belief that he originally created the first.

Galway, Ireland

Richard James Story

Another more romantic version of the story exists. In this version, Richard James had been engaged to be married when he was taken as a slave. Throughout his captivity, his fiancée waited for his return, never to marry another. Joyce, who was trained as a goldsmith by his master, created the ring for his love. When he was freed, he returned to Galway and to his bride-to-be. He then presented her with the first Claddagh wedding ring.

Richard James

Middle Ages

Regardless of who was the first person to create the actual original ring design, the style originates back to the days of Romans and a style called the Fede Rings. These were extremely popular during the Middle Ages and featured clasped hands that represented both trust and loyalty.

Middle Ages

Love, Loyalty and Friendship

Symbolism - Claddagh Jewelry

The universal values that the ring represents are symbolized by the three stand-out features of the ring. Love, friendship, and loyalty are represented by the heart, the hands, and the crown. The heart symbolizes love, while the two hands holding the heart are symbolic of friendship. Above the heart is the crown. The crown represents the loyalty of the person giving the ring. The combined meaning of these symbols is part of what makes the Claddagh wedding ring worthy. There is a less traditional version in which they have two hearts and are crafted without the crown. This ring was created in Dublin as a symbol of the Irish Republic struggles and pride. It is known as the 'Fenian ring'.

Loyalty Crown

Irish Tradition

Claddagh wedding rings are a tradition for many, but they are not the only tradition associated with this type of ring. They were also traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Today they are given for numerous reasons, and are also worn by men as well as women. How a person wears the ring illustrates what type of relationship, if any, she or he is in. This can be determined by which hand the ring is worn on, and which way the heart is facing.

Claddagh Ring in Box

Wearing the Claddagh Ring

When a person wears the ring on their right hand, it is a sign of being unmarried. If the person is not in a relationship, the ring is placed on the finger so that the point, or tip, of the heart is facing toward the tips of the wearer's fingers. If the person is in a relationship the ring is placed on the finger with the tip of the heart facing inward, toward the person's body. Once a person's status changes to engaged or married, the ring is placed on the left hand. This time, when the tip of the heart faces the fingertips, the person is engaged. When the heart's tip faces inward, the person is married.

Hand Fastening

New Horizons

One of the primary reasons for the rings presence outside of Ireland was the Great Famine, or as it is commonly referred to, the Potato Famine. During this period which ran from 1845 to 1852, many Irish traveled from Ireland to the United States and Canada, leaving everything behind. These were often the only property and symbol from home that many would have and it was worn with a sense of pride.

Famine Ship

Say it with a Claddagh...

Now the symbol is popular the world over with those of Irish heritage and those who simply admire and respect its symbolism. When shopping for a special ring for a loved one, look no further than Celtic-WeddingRings.com. We have over 25 years’ experience creating authentic Celtic jewelry. You'll find that much of our jewelry, including our silver and white gold wedding rings are handcrafted here in Ireland. Our large collection honors this most romantic of all Irish symbols.

Claddagh Misspellings

The globally famous ring is associated with Claddagh, an Irish fishing village which is just outside the Galway’s old city walls. However, you have probably come across a range of weird and wonderful spellings when searching for the legendary ring online. We’ve seen numerous common misspellings which are easy enough to understand including Cladah, Claddah, Cladagh, Cladaugh, Clauddagh and Claddaugh which is arguably the most frequent mistake. These misspellings are actually understandable as they are only a letter or two away from being correct and sound a bit like Claddagh when said phonetically.

However, we’ve also seen some truly bizarre attempts such as Cladder, Claudia, Clauda and even Clatter (we’ve no idea how the last one in particular managed to slip through the net!). Irrespective of how you might spell it, the Claddagh Ring is representative of love, loyalty and friendship so bear this in mind when searching for one online, even if you end up looking for a Clatter Ring!

If you can't find the perfect ring above, then take some time to view our beautiful range of Claddagh Birthstone Rings.

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