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Monday, March 31, 2014

connemara claddagh everyday jewelry


sterling silver claddagh - solvar ireland/qvc
sterling large connemara claddagh with crystal - qvc
connemara carved heart bracelet - qvc or connemara's website
sterling celtic knot ring - street vender 
sterling black onex - avon
sterling wing ring - avon
polish - julep "Lauren" 2199
 
The claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship; the heart represents love; and the crown represents loyalty).
 
Solvar's sterling silver claddagh ring is my most favorite piece of jewelry I own. I've worn it since my mom gave it to me almost 10 years ago. It's become sentimental and the story behind the claddagh is so romantic. The different ways you wear the ring,represent if you are single, engaged, or married.

All of Solvar's jewelry is hand stamped at Ireland's Assay office in Dublin Castle. So each piece of jewelry was once inside the famous Dublin Castle.
 
 
Claddagh rings are often used as friendship rings but are most commonly used as engagement/wedding rings. Mothers also give these rings to daughters when they come of age. When the hands that hold the heart are angled towards the girl, that means she is taken, when the heart faces out, the girl is single. This has become common largely due to the sentimental motto: "This is my heart which I give to you crowned with my love." Also associated with the ring is this wish: "Let love and friendship reign." In Ireland, the United States, and other places, the Claddagh is handed down mother-to-eldest daughter or grandmother-to-granddaughter. The way in which a Claddagh ring is worn with the intention of conveying the wearer's relationship status:
  1. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love. (This is most commonly the case when a young woman has first received the ring from a relative, unless she is already engaged.)
  2. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. (This suggests that the wearer's heart has been "captured".)
  3. On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
  4. On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.
 



As you can see, I wear mine facing out 'looking for love' and waiting for someone to 'capture' my heart.

1 comment:

  1. I loved learning about the claddaugh rings from you & L! They're so cool :)

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