The Claddagh ring
is a traditional Irish design originating in a fishing village called
Claddagh just outside Galway town, now swallow up's urban sprawl.
The design as can be seen is two hands presenting a crowned heart.
Claddagh rings were widely worn by woman
in the west of Ireland,
the ring was often the most valuable article the family possessed.
They were usually handed down from mother to daughter. The tradition
was that if the girl wore the ring on her right hand with the heart
pointed towards the nail, she was open to offers of marriage. And
if she wore it on the left hand with the heart pointed away from
the nail she was engaged to be married.
jeweler in County Galway.