Single? Taken? What your Claddagh ring secretly says about you

It’s wedding season and our thoughts at The Irish Store have turned to love. Did you know that the Claddagh is more than a pretty Celtic design? How you wear your Claddagh ring actually reveals a lot about you! Whether you choose to point your Claddagh ring inwards towards your heart or outwards towards the world can even signal your true romantic intentions.

So how should you wear your Claddagh ring? Follow this simple chart to make sure your Claddagh is telling the same story as your heart!

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‘I’m single!’ ‘I’m dating!’ How should I wear my Claddagh ring?
How to wear your Claddagh ring
You are Single

If you are single and ready to mingle, you should wear your Claddagh on the ring finger of your right hand, with the heart facing outwards.

Resized Claddagh

You are Single (but looking for true love)

If you are single and truly on the hunt for Ms. or Mr. Right,  wear your Claddagh on your ring finger to signal that your heart is open to the right person.

Not married, not quite single – Claddagh for daters!

Wear your Claddagh with the heart facing in to show that you’re dating. And when things get exclusive be sure to turn the ring around so the heart points towards the center of your hand. Until he or she pops the question, the ring stays on your right ring finger.

Resized Claddagh 3

I’m engaged, how do I wear my Claddagh now?

Congratulations! You can now wear your Claddagh on the ring finger of your left hand to say that your heart is officially off the market. As a traditional Irish symbol of the most serious commitment, wearing a Claddagh on your left ring finger says you are committed to your true love. But as you’re not quite yet betrothed, the heart won’t face in until the big day.

Just married!

Wear the ring with the heart facing in to show that you’re married and unavailable for romantic adventure. If you choose a Claddagh as your wedding band, the direction of the heart will be reversed during the wedding ceremony.

I got it, is that everything?

Not quite, you still need to decode the mysterious symbolism of the Claddagh ring. The traditional Irish Claddagh represents love, loyalty, and friendship:

Claddagh with numbers
1. Hands represent friendship
2. Heart represents love
3. Crown represents loyalty

This deep meaning (the Claddagh has been worn since Roman times!) has made the ring a popular gift for friends and romantics, especially those celebrating shared heritage. 

PS: What does ‘Claddagh’ actually mean?

Claddagh is an Irish fishing village. Located outside the city walls of medieval Galway, it is now a part of Galway City.

There you have it, a short guide to everything you need to know about the Claddagh. 

Ready for a Claddagh ring of your own?

Shop our collection of Claddagh rings at TheIrishStore to make sure you are sending out the right romantic signals. Don’t forget to use the Promo Code BLOG10 at the checkout for 10% off!

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  1. Dan McDonad

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