ANCIENT SYMBOLS


Claddagh Medallion

Claddagh

One 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 turned outwards 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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