Claddagh Wedding Rings
For over 400 years, the Claddagh wedding band is worn as the traditional Irish wedding ring in the West of Ireland. In this time, the Claddagh has become known far and wide as the Irish symbol for ‘love, friendship and loyalty.’
History of the Irish Wedding Ring
Claddagh is a small fishing village near Galway in the West of Ireland. The story of this Irish wedding ring is as fascinating as the symbols on the ring. The original Claddagh ring was the centre of a great love story. The legend is that Richard Joyce, who hailed from Galway, was to be married the week that his ship was captured by pirates. While in captivity, it is said that he handcrafted a ring for his betrothed. In 1689, he was finally released. He then returned to the town of Claddagh and gifted her with the wedding ring he had crafted. She, too, had longed for him, and they were soon married – complete with Claddagh rings as part of their simple ceremony. This story shows the power of enduring love, friendship and loyalty in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
The Claddagh Wedding Band Design:
The Irish Claddagh wedding ring is distinct and elegant in appearance. The ring may be traditional or modern, but always includes a heart held by hands with a crown shining above the heart. Each of these elements represent a virtue; the hands signify friendship, the crown highlights loyalty, and the heart is a beautiful symbol of enduring love. We offer many different styles of traditional and modern Irish Claddagh wedding rings to inspire your own celebration and love.See our beautiful collection of Irish Claddagh wedding rings