Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Claddagh Ring

Claddagh ... its a funny looking word isn't it? Clad-Da-Gh? how would you pronounce Gh? Gah? Guh? oh who cares the good thing is Claddagh rings are cool! and I found one! Last Saturday actually whilst metal detecting with my dad. It's only about 20 years old and worth little more then £30 but it's lovely and you can't take it off my finger :D ...


Seriously you can't, it's stuck!



But that's OK because it's a beautiful ring and I love it .... now who wants a picture? I knew you would :D
Isn't it lovely? this isn't mine but it is exactly the same as the one I have found.
*drools* .. oh yeah sorry. Claddagh rings actually represent a lot. The ring, shows two hands clutching a heart, complete with a crown, which represent the expression of lasting love and eternal friendship. The heart symbolizes love, the hands friendship and the crown loyalty and fidelity.

There is a romantic story involving the Claddagh Ring that began way back over 300 years ago in the ancient fishing village of Claddagh just outside the walls of the City of Galway on the west coast of Ireland.

Legend has it that a local man, Richard Joyce, was captured by pirates and sold into slavery, the property of a rich Turkish goldsmith. In time Joyce became a master craftsman himself and, after earning his freedom, returned to Galway. At his journey's end, Richard was overcome with joy when he learned that his beloved had remained true to him in his long absence, waiting faithfully for him to return. It was then that Richard gave his beloved the ring he created that is now known worldwide as the legendary Claddagh Ring. The heart in the design symbolizes the love Richard longed to share with his true love. The crown symbolizes his undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together.

The rings were kept as family heirlooms, which were passed lovingly down from mother to daughter on her wedding day.


So yes the ring is actually really nice in what it represents. It is also Irish :D BONUS!

2 comments:

  1. WOW! This is amazing and beautiful Nicolette! What a treasure you foud! If only I could be blessed the same way! Thanks for sharing this. It really brightens up my day!
    *hugs

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  2. Heeeeeey! I wear a claddagh ring!

    It wasn't passed down, but...I wear one!

    Its not as fancy as yours...but I still wear it!

    My friend thinks into two hands holding a strawberry....but I still wear it!

    I lost it once...but I still wear it!

    I cant take it off eaither (*yanks* *screams in agonizing pain*)...but, well since I cant take it off, I'm still wearing it.

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