For hundreds of years, the Claddagh Design has been one of the most romantic Irish Symbols. Because of its meaning, the Claddagh Ring quite so often is the to-go option for couples that want to mark their relationship.
Standing alone, the Claddagh Design -two hands holding a crowned heart- represents love (heart), loyalty (crown), and friendship (hands). However, over the years, different ways of wearing a Claddagh ring started symbolizing the relationship statuses of the wearer.
If you’d like to know more about the meaning behind the Claddagh Symbol, read our blog featuring this beautiful symbol and the story behind it.
The reality is that you can wear a Claddagh ring in any manner you choose. But there are four common ways of wearing the ring, and each of them has a different meaning attached to it.
How to Wear a Claddagh Ring Correctly?
When wearing a Claddagh Ring, two aspects you should consider; the hand on which you wear the ring and the position the tip bottom of the heart is facing.
Heart Pointing outwards
Wearing the ring if you are Single: Wear the ring on your right ring finger with the bottom tip of the heart facing outwards to show that your heart has not yet been taken.
Wearing the ring if you are engaged: Wear it on your left ring finger with the bottom tip of the heart facing outwards to show that your heart is promised to another.
Heart Pointing Towards You
Wearing the ring if you’re in a relationship: Wear it on your right ring finger with the heart facing inwards to show that you found love.
Wearing the ring if you are Married: Wear it on your left-hand ring finger with the bottom tip of the heart pointing towards you to show the world that your heart truly belongs to another.
Ways to add more meaning to your Claddagh
As a Birthstone gift
A Claddagh Birthstone ring or Birthstone necklace can be the perfect birthstone gift. The Claddagh talks about the love, loyalty, and friendship you both share. The birthstone can help add a personal touch thus making this piece of jewelry even more meaningful.
As an Engagement or Wedding ring
A Claddagh engagement ring can be the perfect ring to depict the eternal journey that you and your partner are about to embark on. This symbol represents your deep bond. In turn, the Claddagh engagement ring can also be a family heirloom that you can pass down the generations to come.
As a Claddagh as a Promise ring
The Claddagh is a promise to love, trust and provide your partner with friendship. A promise that depicts to your partner that you value their presence in your life. The promise ring is perfect for those couples who believe in the future of their relationship and intend on getting married one day.
As a token of friendship
The Claddagh symbolizes eternal friendship and is a meaningful tribute to your best friend, who you love and cherish forever. The Claddagh is a beautiful symbol for your friendship, and this piece of jewelry will add meaning to your friendship.
The bottom line
The Claddagh represents your bond with your loved one or even yourself. The ring can be styled in any manner and will always be a reminder of the love, loyalty, and friendship you share with your loved one!
As the Claddagh ring promise says, “with these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love.”
What about you? What direction is your Claddagh Ring pointing right now? Let us know in the comments below.
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