They say good things come in small packages, I tend to agree. I woke up this morning to a lovely birthday present. One I have been wanting for years. I don’t mean only a few years, I mean more like fifteen. I have been bugging my husband for a claddagh ring for that long. It’s not that he never wanted to buy me one, I think it’s more there were other things he wanted to get me more. That and really finding one he liked. I was totally not expecting this at all.
Every woman likes a little box. I don’t care of you are or aren’t a jewelry person ( which I am not). I was thrilled to see this on the island in the kitchen this morning. Then I felt bad because my husband and I have not been getting along in the last few days. He has been in the dog house. So I felt a little like an arse this morning, a less ticked off arse of course after opening the box.
So what was in this little box you wonder? Here is a peek.
A beautiful Claddagh ring. My mom was Irish. Had she not given me my father’s last name I would have been Patty McGee. I love the history and the meaning of the Claddagh ring. It’s still a bit of a mystery but here are the two main stories of how the ring came to be.
Some say it was made by Master gold smith Richard Joyce, who was captured by Algerian Pirates and sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him as an apprentice. In 1689 when King William III ascended the throne, he demanded the release of all British subjects. The moor offered Richard Joyce his own daughter’s hand in marriage, but he refused as he had a love of his own waiting for him.
So Richard Joyce was free. He set sail for Galway. It was in the little fishing town of Claddagh that he began making jewelry. His most famous creation was the Claddagh ring which he made and presented to his own love. It was a symbol of their friendship, the crown was a gesture of thanks to King William III, the heart for their love for one another.
There is also the story of Margaret Joyce who was a wealthy widow of a Spanish wine merchant. She returned to Galway and married the mayor. This was about 1600. She was generous with her wealth and it is said that one day an eagle flying overhead dropped the original Claddagh ring to reward her for her generosity.
An eagle? I’m not so sure. There are so many rings dated to this time it’s hard to know who originally crafted the ring. They are all beautiful and I think the meaning of them is what really matters to me. One thing everyone agrees on is how to wear it. A Claddagh ring means something different in the way you wear it.
On the right hand with the heart pointing away from you it means your own heart is still searching for love.
Worn again on the right hand but this time with the point of the heart facing toward you means you’ve found love and are romantically involved.
Now worn on the left hand with the heart pointing toward you shows all your heart is promised forever and spoken for.
The beautiful meaning of the Claddagh ring is why I love it so much. Gra, Dilseacht, Cairdeas in Gaelic which means love, loyalty, friendship. The two hands mean to represent friendship, the crown which signifies loyalty and lasting fidelity, and the heart which symbolizes eternal love.
Okay you can now say it all together. Awwww, so corny eh? Yep I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Shhh don’t tell anyone. 😉
Have a great Monday!
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