A Timeless Symbol of Love, Loyalty & Friendship: The Claddagh Ring


Claddagh rings, steeped in history and rich symbolism, transcend mere adornment. Worn for centuries as tokens of love,loyalty, and friendship, these exquisite pieces capture the essence of Irish heritage. Ottery Jewellery, delves into the captivating story of the Claddagh ring, its timeless design, and its enduring significance.


A Legacy Born by the Sea: The Origins of the Claddagh Ring

The origins of the Claddagh ring weave a captivating tale. Legend attributes its creation to a young Irish fisherman named Richard Joyce in the 17th century. Captured by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa, Joyce used his skills as a goldsmith to create a beautiful ring. The design incorporated a heart (love), clasped hands (friendship), and a crown (loyalty) – a constant reminder of his homeland and the hope of returning to his loved ones.

After years of captivity, Joyce's talent caught the eye of a powerful Moorish chieftain. Impressed by his craftsmanship, the chieftain freed Joyce, allowing him to return to Ireland. Back in his homeland, Joyce established himself as a renowned goldsmith in the fishing village of Claddagh, near Galway. The ring he designed, imbued with his story of resilience and love, became a cherished symbol, its production flourishing in the village.

The Symbolism of the Claddagh Ring: A Language of the Heart

The Claddagh ring's enduring appeal lies in its powerful symbolism. Each element of the design speaks a universal language:

  • Heart: The heart, positioned at the center of the ring, represents love – romantic love, familial love, or self-love.
  • Clasped Hands: The two hands clasping the heart symbolize friendship, trust, and strong bonds.
  • Crown: The crown perched atop the heart signifies loyalty, respect, and fidelity.

Wearing the Claddagh Ring: A Tradition Steeped in Meaning

The way a Claddagh ring is worn holds special significance:

  • Point of the Heart Towards the Fingertip (Facing the Wearer): This signifies the wearer is single and open to love.
  • Point of the Heart Facing Outward: This indicates the wearer is in a relationship or married.
  • Right Hand (Any Direction): Traditionally worn on the right hand, the Claddagh ring signifies friendship or deep affection.
  • Left Hand (Any Direction): Worn on the left hand, particularly the ring finger, the Claddagh ring becomes a symbol of commitment, often used as an engagement or wedding ring.

More Than Just a Ring: The Claddagh Ring as a Heirloom

Claddagh rings are often passed down through generations, becoming treasured heirlooms. Imbued with family history and imbued with the emotions of the wearer, they transcend mere adornment, serving as tangible reminders of love,loyalty, and the enduring strength of family bonds.

Claddagh Rings at Ottery Jewellery: A Celebration of Irish Heritage

Ottery Jewellery, a proud custodian of exquisite jewellery, offers a captivating collection of Claddagh rings. Crafted from precious metals like sterling silver, yellow gold, and white gold, our rings are available in a variety of styles, from classic and elegant to contemporary and bold. We also offer Claddagh rings adorned with gemstones, adding a touch of personalisation and sparkle.

Whether you seek a symbol of love for a significant other, a cherished token of friendship, or a meaningful heirloom to pass down, Ottery Jewellery's Claddagh ring collection offers the perfect piece.

Browse our Exquisite Collection of Claddagh Rings at Ottery Jewellery

Visit our website to discover the magic of the Claddagh ring. From classic designs to contemporary interpretations, we offer a variety of rings to suit every style and budget. Let Ottery Jewellery be part of your love story, helping you find the perfect Claddagh ring to express your deepest emotions.

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