If you’re Irish like me, you probably already know about Claddagh jewelry. If not, I’ll fill you in. The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring that represents love, loyalty and friendship. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. 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. You wear the ring with the crown facing up if you are taken and facing down if you are single (guys — that’s an easy trick to know if a girl is single or not!)
I have a Claddagh ring from a local jewelry shop that I’ve had since I was probably 13. I wear it daily and rarely take it off. It was a gift from one of my oldest childhood friends (hey Amber!) The picks below are cute, too — I would definitely wear a nice dainty Claddagh necklace or that pretty silver bracelet. Do you own any Claddagh jewelry?