Happy Valentine’s Day!
People all around the world are celebrating Valentine’s day today, but did you know Irish people represent their love by wearing jewellery such as a Claddagh Ring?
The fishing village of Claddagh is located along the River Corrib in County Galway. It is here that the ever so popular Claddagh ring originated. The ring is seen as a romantic symbol of love throughout Ireland.
The story of the Claddagh Ring originates in the 1700s with silversmith Richard Joyce who began his own jewellery business, where he introduced the first Claddagh ring to the people of Ireland.
The ring is in the shape of two hands holding a heart with a crown. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and the crown that sits on top represents loyalty. People in Ireland wear the ring in different directions to show their relationship status.
For example on the right hand, if a person is seen with the heart facing towards them it would mean their heart is already taken. If the heart is facing outwards in the opposite direction, their heart is open to finding love.
Opposed to this on the left hand, the heart pointing away from them means they are engaged to be married. If you are already married, the heart should be facing towards you.
These traditions have been in Ireland for hundreds of years and are used by people all around the world who have inherited them from Irish immigrants throughout the years.
Will you be buying a Claddagh Ring on your trip to the Wild West?