Irish Claddagh Ring
The Claddagh ring, or Celtic engagement ring, is a traditional Irish ring given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located outside of the city of Galway. The ring was first produced in the 17th century during the reign of Queen Mary II, though elements of the design are much older.
Claddaghs continue to be worn, primarily by those of Irish heritage, as both a cultural symbol and as engagement and wedding ring. However, the Claddagh ring is also popular with many non-Irish couples looking for a non-traditional engagement ring due to the meaning behind it.
Unlike other traditional engagement rings a Celtic ring do not use expensive diamonds or expensive gemstones as the central feature of the ring. Instead the Irish Claddagh ring’s charm and appeal is its distinctive design that features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surrounded by a crown.
The Claddagh ring is the first step in the beginning of an Irish wedding. The Celtic engagement ring brings with it a special promise that goes far beyond attraction and infatuation. The Irish Claddagh ring is a symbol of promise and engagement but also has the added meaning of friendship.
With the second promise ring meaning symbolizing friendship, the Claddagh ring also makes a great gift to a special friend. The ring can be fashioned out of yellow or white gold and symbolize a promise for future marriage or a promise to always remain close friends – or even better, it can represent both at the same time.