Are you the kind of kid who had a Claddagh band in their jewellery box? For a lot of girls it was probably the first piece they ever had and there’s a good reason for it.
The Claddagh band was usually given to newborn babies as a symbol of good luck and that you were part of a loving family. The design is quite simple. It will always be two hands clasping on to a heart. The crown on top of the heart symbolises the loyalty that the person wearing the band or ring will now have to their family.
Nowadays it’s become another symbol to represent an Irish person’s identity. You might see someone wearing a necklace with a Claddagh design or even earrings with a small gem stone.
They were commonly used in the early 20th century as wedding rings to symbolise a new couple’s binding love. This has made something of a resurgence in the last few years, especially with Irish couples living abroad. Many now have Claddagh designs on their engagement rings.
We found a site called Irish Jewelry where you can get some great looking Claddagh rings and bands. You can look some of our favourites from the site below of visit the site to see the full range here.