If you don't know what they are, here is a brief summary:
- They are traditional Irish rings given as a token of friendship, love or marriage.
- They consist of two hands (friendship), holding a heart (love), with a crown on top of the heart (loyalty).
- The way in which they are worn conveys the wearer's relationship status:
Right hand + facing fingertips = wearer is single (may be looking for love)
Right hand + facing wrist = wearer is in a relationship
Left hand + facing fingertips = wearer is engaged
Left hand + facing wrist = wearer is married
I *really* like the idea of these rings. Not only are they pretty, but I love the tradition and the ideas behind them. I think it's a lovely custom, and I would very much like to get one (except I'm not Irish, so it would be a tad odd :T)
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I love the symbolism, and I have one myself. During my teen years I had one that my grandma passed down to me, but it ended up getting smashed and broken a couple years ago, which really upset me. =[ A couple months ago I was browsing online and found a really nice site with a variety of Irish-made claddagh jewelry, and I ordered myself a new one. It's actually exactly the same as the picture you posted, but in silver. link I'm very fond of it. =] I am Irish, but I don't think you need to be Irish to appreciate an Irish tradition, lol. You should get one if you love it. =] I wear mine facing my body on my right hand because I'm taken.1
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