How to Wear a Claddagh Ring
My twin sister and I got Claddagh Rings from our grandmother for Christmas. The heart represents love, the hands symbolize friendship, and the crown signifies loyalty.
Kayla immediately put hers on her right hand with the heart facing out, so I followed suit. She explained to me that I was wearing it wrong, and I was very confused. "I'm wearing it the same way you are, how can I be wrong?" Little did I know, the way you wear a Claddagh Ring communicates your relationship status. According to CladdaghRing.com, here's how it breaks down:
Single: Wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing out signaling your heart is open for love.
Taken: Wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing towards you. This symbolizes that someone has captured your heart. (This is me)
Engaged: Wear the ring on your left hand with the heart facing out. This symbolizes that you'll soon be bonded with the one you love.
Married: Wear the ring on your left hand with the heart facing your body, and is used as a wedding band. You've found the one whom your soul loves and will be together forever.
So if you're Irish and considering a 300 year old tradition to show your love for your significant other, maybe take a look at your friendship, love, and loyalty to each other as a sign.