Thursday, January 4, 2018

Claddagh Ring - Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

St. Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching so we will let you in on a little secret. More Claddagh rings are given on February 14th than on any other day of the year. The reason is because those in love, along with those hopeful of love, know that a Claddagh ring is the perfect Valentine's Day gift.
A Claddagh ring is the perfect Valentine's Day gift.

This iconic Irish ring made its first appearance in 16th century Ireland when a fisherman by the name of Richard Joyce was captured and enslaved. During his captivity he fashioned a unique ring for the girl he left behind in their beloved town of Claddagh in the west of Galway. Eventually Joyce escaped and returned to his love; he gave her the ring and they lived happily ever after.
The Claddagh ring history alone qualifies the design as a gift of affection, but there is so much more to our story. There are three elements to a Claddagh ring; the heart in the center that symbolizes love, the crown above the heart that symbolizes loyalty and the hands cradling the heart that symbolizes friendship. These three ingredients are combined in a recipe for romance.
Another focal point of a Claddagh ring is known as the Galway Folklore which relates to how the ring is worn.  Sure it is worn on a finger, but the location along with the direction of the ring, indicates if your heart is taken or not.

When a Claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the heart closest to your heart a special comment to someone is indicated; however, when worn on the right hand with the heart outward it is an indication that your heart is yet unoccupied.
A Claddagh worn on the ring finger of the left  hand with its heart closest to your heart is worn as a Claddagh wedding ring; however, it should be considered a Claddagh engagement ring when worn on the same finger with the heart away from your heart.
According to the legend, the first design was a gold Claddagh ring, but sterling silver Claddagh rings are also extremely popular and any would make an exceptional St. Valentine's Day gift.
Ladies may also give one of these unique Irish designs to the special guy in their life as there is a abundant selection of men'sCladdagh rings that includes several masculine styles that feature Celtic knot-work.

One last thought to make your Valentine's Day gift truly special; make sure that your ring is crafted in Ireland. Every Claddagh ring from The Irish Gift House is made in Ireland and has been hallmarked by the Irish Assay Office that is located at Dublin Castle.