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 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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Crafted from 10k yellow gold, the top band is heavy in mass and intricate in design. A large sparkling cubic zirconia sits in the golden heart with two smaller stones highlighting the hands. As if that wasn't enough, we have added a matching Sterling silver band.

From $101.00

A Sterling silver Claddagh ring with a sparkling cubic zirconia as the heart centerpiece. 8 more glistening stones line the band of this meaningful ring. The Claddagh design represents love, loyalty and friendship. 

From $101.00

An elegant women's Claddagh ring with infinity knot shank, the heart of the Claddagh is filled with a sparkling cubic zirconia. The Claddagh design is made up of a heart, a crown and two hands representing love, loyalty and friendship. 

From $108.00

There is a more solid feel to this Claddagh ring with a beautiful rope effect on the shank of the band. A stunning, sparkling cubic zirconia fills the heart of this classic Claddagh design, two further stones highlight the hands which represent friendship. 

From $74.00

A modern take on two classic designs, the hands of the Claddagh design have been replaced with Trinity knots. The Trinity knot was once thought to represent the three Celtic goddesses, but in modern times it represents the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

From $88.00

The men's Claddagh ring with Trinity knots is a real standout piece. The heavy ring has two Trinity knots supporting the heart and crown of the Claddagh design in the center. A perfect gift for the man in your life. 

From $246.00

Inspired by the New York Chrysler building, this Claddagh ring is exceptional in design. Crafted from Sterling silver, it has a 10k gold heart center which holds an emerald green stone. The Trinity knot appears on each cuff. 

From $88.00

This men's Claddagh ring was inspired by the New York Chrysler building. Handmade from the finest Sterling silver, it is a sturdy ring that stands out. Two Trinity knots appear on band, making up each cuff. Claddagh symbolizes love, loyalty and friendship. 

From $81.00

Inspired by the Chrysler building in New York, this women's Claddagh ring comes with Trinity knot cuffs. The Claddagh design represents love, loyalty and friendship. An ideal gift for that special woman in your life. 

From $95.00

This men's Claddagh ring design was inspired by the Chrysler building in New York. The classic Claddagh design is made up of a heart, a crown and two hands signifying love, loyalty and friendship. The perfect boyfriend ring! 

From $88.00

This women's Claddagh ring design takes its inspiration from the Chrysler building in New York City. The Claddagh design itself represents love, loyalty and friendship - three vital values for any relationship. This makes the Claddagh ring the ideal girlfriend ring! 

From $122.00

This unisex Claddagh ring is the perfect gift for your partner. The Claddagh ring represents the three core components of any relationship, love, loyalty and friendship. This band comes in a brushed finish but the design itself is finished with a high polish.

From $115.00

The crown, heart and hands (representing love, loyalty and friendship) of this unisex Claddagh band have a polished finish, which is wonderfully offset by the brushed finish of the band itself. Crafted from Sterling silver and hallmarked in the Dublin Assays Office.

From $135.00

A beautiful brushed finish to this thick Claddagh band which is suitable for both men and women. The Claddagh design itself has a polished finish to make it stand out from the band. Crafted from the finest Sterling silver and hallmarked in Dublin, Ireland.

From $105.00

A truly unique Claddagh ring, this torc style ring has a Celtic knot that surrounds the band. Each ending has the famous Claddagh design. Crafted from the finest Sterling silver and handmade in Ireland. 

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Irish Rings

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 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 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 all of our jewelry, including our Claddagh 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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