A pattern inspired by a traditional Irish ring has been added at the Stitching Cards website. The Claddagh ring is given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring. The design and traditions connected with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh.
The Claddagh ring’s characteristic design features two hands clasping a heart surmounted by a crown. The heart is said to be a symbol of love, the hands for friendship and the crown for loyalty.
An expression that has been associated with these symbols in the giving of the ring is: “With my hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love.” An alternative expression associated with the ring is, “Let love and friendship reign forever.”
Claddagh rings are primarily worn by those of Irish heritage, as both a cultural symbol and as engagement and wedding rings.
The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand can convey various meanings. If the ring is on the right hand with the heart pointing outward and away from the body, this traditionally indicates that the wearer is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship. When worn on the right hand but with the heart pointing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that “someone has captured their heart”. A Claddagh ring worn on the left hand ring finger, pointing outward away from the body, generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and pointing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married.