Celtic Symbols

How to Wear a Claddagh Ring?

by Lisa
12 April 2019 · 3 min read
How To Wear A Claddagh Ring - Celtic Jewelry

The History of the Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh symbol is Ireland’s universal representation of love, friendship and loyalty. The origins of the Claddagh Ring can be traced back to the small fishing town of Claddagh, Co. Galway. Irish folklore recounts that in 1675, a local seafarer by the name of Richard Joyce was captured by pirates and sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith.

Torn away from his lover, Joyce was trained in the art and served his master for fourteen years. Upon his eventual release in 1689, Joyce returned to Galway, hoping to find his true love still waiting for him. Whilst enslaved, he fashioned what we now know as the Claddagh Ring as a gift specifically for her. 

Design of the Claddagh Ring

The Irish Claddagh ring, which consists of two hands representing friendship, a heart to symbolize love and a crown for loyalty has since become one of the most distinguished expressions of love in Ireland and beyond. The meaning behind this ring is to ‘Let Love and Friendship reign’ which is a unique touch and blessing as a wedding ring which has been used by a small community of people over the last four hundred years. 

How To Wear a Claddagh-Ring

How to wear a Claddagh Ring.

The Claddagh Ring is not, however, only a token of one’s love or loyalty. It can also be used to decipher or broadcast one’s relationship status; depending on which direction the heart points and on which hand it is worn. Thus, knowing how to wear a claddagh ring is key:

  • Single: wear on the right hand with the heart pointing outward.
  • Engaged: wear on the right hand with the heart pointing inward.
  • Married: wear on the left hand with the heart pointing inward.

Traditionally, the ring was worn by the women of the Claddagh which was passed down from mother to daughter from generation to generation on her wedding day. However, the Claddagh Ring along with is still as popular in Ireland in 2020 and continues to be as popular as ever.

Where to buy a Claddagh Ring?

Where better to find your very own Claddagh Ring than right here at Boru® – the Irish owned and operated manufacturer of Irish Celtic Jewelry. Our stunning selection features a plethora of styles, both traditional and contemporary, for both men and women. View the full collection of Claddagh Rings with something for every budget.


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Visit our breath-taking range of Celtic wedding rings and Celtic engagement rings for your special day. Use our Ring Size Guide to convert international ring sizes at ease online! At Boru, we offer engraving on most rings and each piece arrives beautifully packaged in an individual presentation box.

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