A small fishing village in Ireland called the Claddagh was where the tradition of the Claddagh rings first started about 300 years ago. The word Claddagh itself comes from the Irish term 'An Cladach' that means a 'flat stony shore'. Hands denoting friendship and togetherness hold a heart signifing love. A crown on top of the heart stands for loyalty. The meaning and significance of the Claddagh ring also extends to the hand on which the ring is worn and the direction in which the crown on the ring points. In case of a married or engaged person Claddagh rings are worn on the left hand with the crown pointing away from the person wearing the ring. For a person willing to consider love the ring is traditionally worn on the right hand with the crown pointing away from the person wearing the ring. For a person not interested in starting a relationship the Cladagh ring is worn on the right hand with the crown pointing towards the person wearing the ring.
This dainty Claddagh ring is a 2mm wide sterling silver band with an 8mm x13mm claddagh design. Available in whole sizes 4-9. Photos of jewelry are enlarged to show detail.