A Claddagh Coupling

A tradition hundreds of years old, the Claddagh ring is a form of faith ring and comes from the fishing village of Claddagh outside the city walls in Galway.

 

In the Famine times, hoards of Irish men, women and children left the country and ended up in such faraway places as America and Australia and the Claddagh motif and ring is a valued symbol of Irish heritage for exiles as well as those at home.

 

Although some sources say the Claddagh ring originated about 300 years ago, others say it goes back to Medieval times. It is true that the tradition of the Faith Ring was very popular in the Middle Ages, but whether the actual Claddagh begun then or not isn't clear.

 

The design is as follows- hands are for friendship, the heart is for love, the crown is for loyalty.

 

Depending on which hand it is worn and which way up, it indicates the romantic and marital status of the wearer.

 

The Claddagh Ring - www.youtube.com/watch?v=F88MVWRQCCE

 

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Referral info;

This photo features on this website; www.dochara.com/things-to-buy/the-claddagh-ring/

and this blogpage; www.wedding.de/hochzeits-blog/20090226/prinzessin-victori...

And here;

  • Vic Nicholas 7y

    great shot !! I like macro and should maybe do some more !! youv'e inspired me !
  • Athena's Pix 7y

    Thanks Vic Nic! Much appreciated comments :-)
  • Amanda Wohlfarth 7y

    lovely
  • Athena's Pix 7y

    Thanks awohlfarth1 :-)
  • Catherine Hogan 6y

    Very nice Athena. I hadn't realized you had this on your site. I swear I wasn't copying you, lol. Great minds and all that.....
  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Just thought you might like to see this, your pic reminded me of that one. Thank you, I am quite pleased with this shot and it is being used in that website above in the Claddagh ring section. (dochara.com)
  • Lel G 6y

    Beautiful close-up of fine rings. Thanks for licensing the photo under CC - it's been used to illustrate a piece about the history of Claddagh rings.
  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Nice write-up too, lelijg!
  • music for the eyes 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Claddagh (Friendship, Love, Loyalty), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Thank you music for the eyes, added!
  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Thanks for the fave vadrefjord!
  • reddirt791/Bradley Cox 6y

    Very well done! Your photo was seen in this group:

    For the Love of Ireland
     The Wild Swans of Ballyscanlon Lake
  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Thanks Reddirt!
  • tmulyeni 6y

  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Thank you!
  • Gary Ayres 6y

    Beautiful symbol, and well photographed. You have done well with the dof.
  • Athena's Pix 6y

    Thanks Gary, it was one of my earliest attempts, even before the dslr!
  • emeraldru 6y

    OOOOO!!!!!!!! it is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
    from Angel to Buffy.......
  • melcir.meri 5y

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  • Athena's Pix 5y

    Thanks for fave and invite!
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