Many of you members here might have bought or offered to someone you know a ring that you found on a market stall or in a jewelers because you either
knew the symbolism of offering this ring or thought it looked good or quite simply because you saw other people who had one and wanted the same…
This one :
Having Irish origins and knowing the significance of the Claddagh ring (and proud of my celtic ancestory I am), about 14 years ago I decided to offer
this ring to Mrs R, (please consider that we are not married but living in happy sin with no intention of one day signing a piece of paper just to say
that we have deep love for each other and are sleeping in the same bed)!
Mrs R who is French BUT has celtic origins too (Brittany), did not know the full meaning of this ring so I explained to her the symbolism when I
offered it to her (I obtained one from an Irish Goldsmith in Claddagh for both of us). She of course happily accepted...
This is the one that we both wear :
The full story of the Claddagh ring is as follows :
The meaning, significance and history of the Irish Claddagh ring has a rich ancient past that dates back to over 300 years.
The design of the Claddagh ring and even the way the ring is worn are all deeply rooted in Irish tradition.
Today, the meaning of the Claddagh ring and the significance of wearing Claddagh rings has spread far and wide. The Claddagh ring is traditionally
made and worn far beyond the small fishing village in Ireland where the story apparently started.
So… what is this ring and what do Claddagh rings symbolise?
The meaning of the Claddagh ring is what gives the ring it's significance.
The hands of the ring holding the heart and the hands show friendship and togetherness, the heart itself means love and the crown in the claddagh ring
The extremely deep and true meaning of the Claddagh ring has also put it into a group of rings referred to as faith rings.
Let Love and Friendhsip Reign Forever.
Story of the Claddagh ring.
The history of the Claddagh ring dates back to over 350 years in a tiny fishing village in Ireland called The Claddagh
Link here :
The word Claddagh itself comes from the Irish term 'An Cladach' that means a 'flat stony shore'.
Two theories explain the first occurence of the Claddagh Irish ring.
Theory 1 :
Margaret Joyce inherited a huge amount of money from her late husband Domingo de Rona. A rich Spanish merchant in Ireland. Later on she married the
Mayor of Galway in 1596 (Oliver Og French)and and used her inherited wealth to construct many bridges in Connacht.
The first Claddagh ring was supposed to be her providential reward and was dropped by an eagle into her lap.
Personally I believe this to be a load of Beau Locks...
For which I personally adhere to : A Galway man called Richard Joyce was captured by the Algerians and sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith.
In the late 1600s William III of England demanded the release of all British subjects and Richard was released from slavery too. The goldsmith offered
Dick (or Richard if you prefer) major portion of his wealth and also his only daughter in marriage, if he agreed to stay in Algeria.
Story says that, Richard refused the offer and made his way back to his native village with the first Claddagh ring.
An addition to this story states that before his capture he had promised marriage to a young lady from Claddagh and upon his return from captivity she
was still waiting for him and thus they married using the ring as a bond...
Now... how do you wear the Claddagh ring? :
The full significance of the Claddagh ring is not just the crown, heart and hands, it extends also to the hand on which the ring is worn and
direction in which the crown on the ring points.
In case of a married or engaged person Claddagh rings are worn on the left hand with the crown pointing away from the heart. For a person considering
love or partenership the ring is worn on the right hand with the crown pointing away from the heart.
For a person with no interest in a relationship, the ring is worn on the right hand with the crown pointing towards the heart.
Something that Mrs R and i have also personally added to this tradition is that NEVER do we take our rings off unless really neccessary...
If however, one of us has does take our ring off, we have both decided that the other half should put the ring back on...
As i said earlier on at the beginning of this post, we are living in sin
so to speak.
We both wear our rings on the right hand with the point of the heart in direction of our own heart... the day that (AND... IF)
we decide to get
married, of course the ring will change hands and direction.
Hope this story was of some interest to you folks and remember, this ring can be offered to a friend or a loved one...
Ps. Sorry if i do not follow up with all answers this wfor the next couple of days, but we are away for the weekend visiting the famous site of
Rennes-le-Château in the Languedoc (remember the story of the tresure?)
Link here : www.languedocmysteries.info...
edit on 26-7-2013 by Rodinus because: Crap spelling
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