|If you are familiar with the story of the Claddagh ring, you know just how romantic it really is: an Irish fisherman, Robert Joyce, was kidnapped by a goldsmith, long ago, and forced to work for him, far away from his home. He was separated from his true love, an Irish woman he never forgot, or stopped loving: he fashioned a special ring, to honor his undying loyalty to her. The ring had special features that made it unique: two hands gently held a crowned heart, symbolizing the way she held his heart so long ago.|
The legend of the Claddagh has endured through history, becoming a part of Irish folklore. Many couples have embraced the spirit of Irish romance, choosing Claddagh engagement rings and promise rings to show their love for each other to the outside world. Even those who are not “taken” adore the Claddagh ring for its meaning and beauty: they wear it with the crown and heart turned outwards, to show the world they are “looking” for love.
You will find Claddagh rings in the most unexpected places, upon the fingers of actors, musicians, and even politicians. Former Irish-American President John F. Kennedy wore a Claddagh ring, and Bono has been photographed many times wearing his – even the popular TV program, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, featured a plotline based on the Claddagh ring as a symbol of loyalty: legions of Buffy fans have purchased their own rings as a result.
Fashionable, timeless, and romantic – the Claddagh ring will go on forever, as a declaration of love and loyalty that is profoundly Irish. You will never tire of wearing your ring, and admiring its whimsical beauty.