The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring, which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and the crown represents loyalty.
The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway now part of Galway City.
The ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century. Towards the end of the 20th century, there was an explosion of interest in the Claddagh Ring, both as jewelry and as an icon of Irishness that now adorns many other objects from pub signs to gravestones. In more recent years, it has been embellished with interlace designs and combined with other Celtic and Irish symbols, but this is a very recent phenomenon that corresponds with the worldwide expansion in popularity of the Claddagh ring as an emblem of Irish identity.
Claddagh rings are often used as friendship rings but are most commonly used as engagement or wedding rings. Mothers also give these rings to daughters when they come of age.
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