Even in the modern world, the Claddagh ring continues to hold significance and captivate hearts around the globe. Its timeless design and powerful symbolism have made it a sought-after piece of jewellery, often passed down through generations. But the Claddagh is more than just a ring… it makes a statement and its meaning can change depending on how it is worn. So how should you wear a Claddagh ring?
Four ways to wear a Claddagh Ring
Single: Wearing the Claddagh ring on the right hand with the heart facing outward (with the bottom of the heart pointing towards the fingertips), means the wearer is not in a romantic relationship and may be approached.
Romantically involved: If the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing inwards (with the bottom of the heart pointing towards the wrist), the wearer is spoken for or being courted, though not yet engaged or married.
Engaged: When the ring is worn on the left hand with the heart facing outward (with the bottom of the heart pointing towards the fingertips), the wearer is engaged.
Married: If the ring is on the left hand with the heart facing inwards (with the bottom of the heart pointing towards the wrist) then the wearer is married.
Try it on different fingers
How to wear a Claddagh ring is not a question that worries everyone who buys one. For most people, its beauty and its significance in terms of Irish heritage and its associations with love, friendship and loyalty is more than enough.
But as a way of making a statement, it’s surprisingly versatile for a piece of jewellery. Of course, how you wear your Claddagh ring may depend on comfort and style more than trying to convey a meaning.
Try wearing your ring in the different ways and see which you prefer…and see if anyone notices. It can be quite a talking point.