Since I listed my heritage as one of my favorite things yesterday, I thought I’d list something similar today…the claddagh.
A claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given to represent Friendship Loyalty and Love, which are three of the most important qualities a person can have. The hands represent Friendship, the heart represents Love and the crown represents loyalty.
There have been theories as to what relationship status a person holds depending on how they wear their ring.
According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying the wearer’s relationship status:
On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.
On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.
I’ve always worn a claddagh ring since I was a little girl and that tradition has passed on to my niece. When my maternal grandparents passed away within 5 months of each other, I even got a tattoo of a claddagh done on my left wrist on top of their namesake. It’s a way to remember two of the best people I’ve ever known along with something that holds a great message.