of Ireland's unique treasures, the "Claddagh" is
a symbol of Love, Friendship and loyalty. The Claddagh
Ring belongs to a widespread group of finger rings called
Fede or "Faith rings" which date from Roman times.
They are distinguished by having the bezel cut or cast
in the form of two clasped hands, symbolising faith, trust
or "plighted troth". Fede rings were popular
in the Middle Ages throughout Europe, and there are examples
from this time in the National Museum of Ireland, in Dublin.
The "Claddagh" ring displays two hands clasping
a heart surmounted by a crown.
The ring worn on the right hand, crown turned inward means
that one's heart is yet unoccupied, worn with the crown
reveals love is being considered. Worn on the
left hand the crown turned outward indicates that one's
heart is truly spoken for.
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