The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery: 1840-1980

The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery: 1840-1980

December 31, 2013 2 Comments

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Claddagh Ring History and Symbolism

Claddagh Ring History and Symbolism

September 17, 2013

The Claddagh Ring has its roots in a type of finger ring called Fede or faith ring. Since Roman times these consisted of clasped hands and often worked as a pair of two intertwined rings with a hand on each that would slide together. Worn as a sign of devotion to a spouse or beloved, this widespread European jewelry tradition evolved a peculiar variation in the West of Ireland that has come to be known as the Claddagh Ring. The hands clasp a heart in the manner of presentation with a crown over the heart.   

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