A Closer Look: Claddagh

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day – a global holiday celebrating people’s Irish roots and heritage. But did you know that the shamrock isn’t the only Irish symbol that holds strong meaning? The Claddagh is another symbol of Ireland that is significantly powerful.

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At least 200 years old, the Claddagh comes from Ireland. Its history is murky; it is associated with the famous Irish fishing village of Cladach (or Claddagh), in Galway, but the reasons for this are unknown.

The Claddagh symbol has three intertwined meanings. It represents love (the heart), loyalty (the crown), and friendship (the hands).

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Although found on everything from doorknockers to necklaces, the Claddagh is most commonly worn as a ring. It symbolizes the state of the wearer’s heart, sending different messages depending on the hand and the ring’s position.

On the right hand, with the heart facing out, the Claddagh conveys that the wearer is single and open to love; if the Claddagh faces inward, the wearer is in a relationship.

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On the left hand with the heart turned inward, the Claddagh signifies that the wearer is seriously committed to a partner in marriage or engagement.

Adorn yourself with this meaningful symbol to inspire love and unity in all that you do.

This post was written by Christopher Janigian