4 Ways to Send a Signal with your Claddagh Ring

Claddagh signals how to wear it galway, Ireland

A lot of you own Claddagh rings.

But are you sure you’re wearing it right?

For those of you that don’t know, the Claddagh ring looks like this:

A silver Claddagh ring. Via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Silver_Ring_of_Claddagh.jpg.

A silver specimen.
Via Benutzer:MoMo on commons.wikimedia.org.

The rings are traditionally gold, but gimme a break – just how many open-license pictures of Claddagh rings do you think are out there? Many have stones in them nowadays, too. (My own, pictured in the header, has a heart made of the famous Connemara green marble.)

The Claddagh ring was also traditionally a wedding ring, but now they’re used for symbolizing anything from friendship to a romantic relationship to a girl treating herself. (Just kidding, it’s terribly bad luck to buy yourself a Claddagh ring.)

But the core symbols of the Claddagh ring apply to all kinds of human relationships.

The heart symbolizes love, the hands friendship, and the crown loyalty.

Too cute GIF Claddagh ring

Via tumblr.

But the way you wear it symbolizes so much more. It’s a nifty signal in the pub on any given Saturday!

Here are the main four ways to send a signal with your Claddagh ring.

(You know, barring physical violence. Hitting someone in the face with your Claddagh ring will definitely send a signal, but we’re not allowed to condone that here.)

Without further ado:

1. Worn on the right hand with the point of the heart pointing toward your fingertips, the ring signals to eligible passersby that your heart is for the taking.

But be careful. Not-so-eligible passersby will get the same message.

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2. Worn on the right hand with the heart pointing toward your wrist, potential flirters are warned of guaranteed pick-up-line failure. After all, you’re obviously in a relationship!

Go away GIF Claddagh ring

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3. Worn on the left hand, pointing out, the knowledgable peer will know that you’re engaged.

Disclaimer: This is an often neglected way to wear the Claddagh ring. After all, at first glance, it looks like a mixture between #1 above and #4 below. That’s called adultery.

Im engaged GIF Claddagh ring

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4. And worn on the left hand, heart pointing in, you’re showing the world that you’re married to your soulmate! Or, you know, just some guy.

Wedding crashers GIF Claddagh ring

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So, please, be cautious entering an Irish pub with a Claddagh ring and make sure you know what your fingers are saying!

For the romantic legend behind the Claddagh ring, check out tomorrow’s post about a man named Richard Joyce

Annie Cosby

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