The Claddagh Ring:
Timeless Symbol of Love and Friendship
If you're looking for something to wear on your finger that has deep meaning, consider a claddagh ring. This popular Irish ring has a famous love story behind it: A young man was captured by a band of thieves. He was forced to work as a goldsmith. During this time, he secretly stole bits of gold to make a special ring. When he was freed many years later, he gave it to the woman he loved to show that he'd never stopped thinking about her.
Claddagh rings, which are usually made of silver or gold, are important in Irish culture. They're often passed down from mothers to daughters. The rings have two hands, which stand for friendship. The hands hold a heart with a crown on top to represent love and loyalty.
There are different positions for the ring that show that you are single, dating, set to be married, or married. But any way the ring is worn, it also represents a beautiful old expression—"Let love and friendship reign."