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Love, Loyalty & Friendship. The early history of the Claddagh goes back over 400 years to a small fishing village nestled on the shores of Galway Bay. Here a seafaring Spanish goldsmith fell in love with a girl from the Claddagh village and crafted the first Claddagh ring for her. Since that time the Claddagh has become a symbol of love throughout the world. Claddaghs make beautiful friendship rings or promise rings.
The crown is for Loyalty, as a man promises to be loyal for life to his betrothed. The hands represent Friendship as one's partner in life is also one's best friend. The heart stands for Love - "My heart is in Your Hands."
A Claddagh ring, worn with the heart facing towards one's heart is seen as a proclamation of love and the heart facing away from one's heart is a sign of being uncommitted.