In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.” by Kim
An icon of Irishness, the Claddagh’s design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. These elements symbolize the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). A “Fenian” Claddagh ring, without a crown, is a slightly different take on the design.
According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying 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. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. 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.
Claddagh rings are relatively popular among the Irish and those of Irish heritage, as cultural symbols of friendship, engagement and wedding rings. They have dated back to 1700 and earlier from the Galway region.
Information Source: Wikipedia