With mine and my girlfriends 5 year anniversary coming up, I thought it appropriate to write about the rings that we both do wear.
The claddagh rings have roots in Ireland, named for the area in Ireland just outside of Galway.
Various stories fly around as to which family actually started making the rings in production, but the symbols out date the mass production of the rings. The hands represent friendship, the heart love, and the crown loyalty.
These symbols can actually go back to ancient Roman times, but were certainly taken up by the Celts from there.
Which hand and which direction the wearer wears his/her ring says a lot about what the rings actually represent.
Amy and I wear ours on our left hands with the tips of the heart facing towards our fingertips.
- On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love. (This is most commonly the case when a young woman has first received the ring from a relative, unless she is already engaged.)
- On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. (This suggests that the wearer's heart has been "captured".)
- 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