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All About the Claddagh Ring – Our Tribute to St. Patty’s Day!

Mar 17, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day (and weekend prior) is a very popular holiday here in Baltimore. Between bar crawls, irish strolls, parades and 5Ks, the residents of Charm City love to celebrate this holiday – afterall, Baltimore is home to a lot of Irish descendants . The city saw an increase in Irish immigrants in the mid 1800’s since Baltimore’s Locus Point became a popular port for ships coming from Europe.

Diamond Claddagh Ring

The Irish brought along lots of traditions with them, including many wedding traditions. They even have their own wedding ring tradition, the Claddagh ring. Similar to an engagement ring the Claddagh ring represents love, loyalty, and friendship.

Traditional Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The way in which a Claddagh ring is worn conveys the wearer’s relationship status.

– On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love. (This is most commonly the case when a young woman has first received the ring from a relative, unless she is already engaged.)
– On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. (This suggests that the wearer’s heart has been “captured”.)
– On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
– On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

The Irish have lots of fun wedding traditions in addition to the Claddagh ring. Check them out here.  If you’re looking for a specific engagement ring or wedding band then Samuelson’s Diamonds can help. Our mission is to meet all of our customer’s needs and have created many custom rings to do so.  To learn more, make an appointment with one of our expert staff members today.

We hope you enjoyed this little history lesson – now get out there and enjoy your {snowy} St. Patrick’s Day.

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