Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Ring with a Heart and Hands - What is it Called?

A Ring with a Heart and Hands - What is it Called?

In today's world a visually meaningful expression of love doesn't have to be the simple gift of a ring, it can also be a profound denotation. This ring style has a significant, heartfelt meaning; it's known as a Claddagh Ring, a traditional Irish ring.

So What Does a Ring with 

Two Hands, A Heart, and a Crown Mean:

Each part of this ring represents a different dedication; the hands represent friendship, the heart is for love, and the crown expresses loyalty. Giving this ring signifies a deep commitment to love. In fact, this ring is part of a group called 'Fede' Rings. Fede comes from an Italian expression meaning hands joined together in faith. A Fede Ring is the promise of love and loyalty. In fact, they were often used as a traditional Engagement and Wedding Ring in medieval times.
Around 18th century England, the Claddagh Ring, a ring with a heart and hands, became a variation of the Fede ring. From that time forward, and especially in the 20th century, there was a burst of popularity for this unique symbol. It's not only a message expressing love and promise; it's also a part of Irish identity.
You'll see the symbol used everywhere, from gravestones to engagement rings. The eternal depth of love, friendship, and loyalty makes this artistic emblem very real and deep.
The Ring with Heart and Hands Comes in Designs for Both Men and Women
Whether it's an Anniversary gift, an Engagement Ring, or a gift of deep loyalty to a friend, this ring comes in many design styles that work for both men and women. 
HOW YOU WEAR THIS RING also MATTERS - Different Meanings for Different Hands and Different Directions.
  1. When a person wears it on their right hand with the heart on the ring pointing toward their wrist, it means they're in a relationship and unavailable. It's an excellent idea for a promise ring.
  2. If it's on the left hand with the heart pointing towards the ends of the fingers, the person wearing the ring is married or similarly committed. Of course, if it's given as a wedding ring, it will go on the wedding finger.
  3. Generally, you're engaged on the left hand, pointing towards the fingertips and ring finger.
  4. If the wearer puts this ring on their right hand with the heart pointing towards the ends of the fingers, it can symbolize that the person is looking for love.
  5. If you were going to wear this as a friendship ring, you would typically wear it on the right hand with the heart either pointing toward your fingertips if you're unmarried or toward your wrist if you're married.

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  1. very beautiful ring. I've seen a few here in Ireland.

  2. What an interesting article! I didn't realize it had different meanings and the way it was worn mattered. I always thought it was a promise or engagement ring. Just be my luck, I would wash my hands, put the ring back on quickly without paying attention and be sending the wrong message to the world :) I bet I would learn quickly to be careful. lol

  3. Several years past, that particular ring was was an important part of my life. Lovely article!

  4. Very interesting facts about this ring with hands and a heart. I don't think I have ever seen one, so it was fascinating to learn the significance at the same time I was introduced to this ring.

  5. Lovely article. I have always liked the rings when I saw them. Then I learned how significant they were when I read Galway Bay. But I still hadn't known that they could indicate different things by pointing different ways. I'm glad to know this information.

  6. Looks like you've answered a question that many ask, but many wonder about but don't even think to ask. Thanks for the very interesting answer!

  7. This is the first time that I've seen a ring like this. It's quite interesting.


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