A Claddagh Ring from Center Jewellers

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 Center Jewellers was born in Galway in 1974 and since then we have been serving native Galwegians and visitors to our beatifuful city with an eclectic mix of stunning jewellery and gift ideas and of course the famous Claddagh Ring.  I think its appropriate that our first real blog should focus on the enduring Claddagh Ring.

The Claddagh Ring is a traditional Irish ring given as a token of friendship, love, or marriage.  The design and customs associated with the ring originate from the Claddagh, a  small village just at the edge of Galway City, at the mouth of the River Corrib. The Claddagh in ancient times was a small Irish fishing village.  Today, it is a very pretty residential area.  It's also home to a beautiful array of bird life in particular Swans.  Its also one of my favourite places to jog in Galway. 

To find the Claddagh from Eyre Sqaure you just walk down the pedestrianised, Shop Street, follow the street down on to Quay Street and at the bottom of Quay Street you will see Wolfe Tone Bridge, cross over the bridge and turn right, you have arrived at the Claddagh.  You can walk all the way from here to Salthill, its a beautiful walk with, stunning views of Galway Bay.

The Claddagh Ring has been produced continously in Galway since the early 1700's.  There are many legends about the Claddagh Ring, particularly concerning Richard Joyce, a silversmith from Galway, circa 1700, who is said to have invented the Claddagh design as we know it.  The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, surmounted by a crown.  The way a Claddagh is worn on the hand is usually intended to indicate the wearers relationshiop status.  An ancient Facebook if you like!!!  How to wear the ring is certainly the most common question we get asked in the Center Jeweller stores.  So here is how to way the Claddagh Ring to convey your realtionship status.  On the right hand with the point of the heart towards the fingertips, the wearer is single and looking for loooveee.  On the right hand with the point of the heart towards the wrist, the wearers heart is taken and in a relationship. 

On the left hand with the point of the heart towards the fingertips the person is engaged.  On the left hand with the heart facing the wrist then the person is married.  If you are planning a visit to Galway then a Claddagh ring and/or pendent is a must have souvenir of your visit to Galway.  And with Ryanairs baggage allowance restrictions it makes the perfect gift to bring back to your special someone. Center Jewellers do a beautiful collection of Claddagh Rings and pendents or you can always order on-line.


Until next time have a great day.   Caroline.