The Story of the Claddagh Ring
This year for St. Patrick’s Day week, we look at some of the most recognizable symbols of modern-day Irish culture that are rooted in tradition. One such symbols is the Claddagh ring, which to this day, you will still see a lot of Irish girls and women wearing. The Claddagh rings available at Kilkenny are by Irish heritage jewelry brand Solvar.
Solvar Jewelry hand-craft Claddagh rings in their Dublin-based jewelry studio. With a heritage and tradition of creating jewelry spanning seven decades, each Solvar jewelry piece is individually designed drawing inspiration from Ireland’s rich past and unique icons to provide a cherished memory of Ireland.
We asked Solvar about the meaning of the Claddagh ring- a unique piece of timeless Irish jewelry.
The Story of the Claddagh
‘’Once upon a time, so the story goes, a young Irish sailor was captured and sold into slavery. Far from his native land, he held the memory of his sweetheart deep in his heart. He never forgot her. Years later, on his safe return to Galway, his gift to her was a Claddagh ring. Forged with the skills he had learned during his imprisonment, it was a token of his enduring love. “With these hands, I give you my heart, and I crown it with my love”.
How to wear the Claddagh ring
Add your own chapter to this beautiful story and learn how to wear the Claddagh ring. When you wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing outwards, you show that your heart is not yet taken. Turn the heart inwards to let admirers know that love is a possibility. Wear the Claddagh ring on your left hand with the heart turned inwards towards your own to tell the world that two hearts have joined together forever.