Yes folks it is that time of year again when you must take time out of your busy schedule and tell some one you love them (here is something different why not tell them as often as you can?). Valentine’s day is the time when things like flowers and certain gifts go up in price for a week or so. Still it is a good as time as any to say dear I love you. There are certain thing’s you associate with Valentine’s day like flowers, chocolates, cards and jewellery. Some of the lucky ones will get a ring, some will be expecting it others not. In Ireland there is a certain ring that is connected with love and the expression of love, that ring is called the Claddagh ring. Let me give you a quick history of the ring.
The Claddagh ring, if you have not seen a Claddagh ring they are usually gold with two hands holding a heart with a crown on top. The crown represents loyalty the heart represents love and the hands represents friendship. The tradition of this ring is said to have started in a fishing village called Claddagh near Galway…. The ring was first made in the 1600’s. There is lots of speculation as to who first designed the Claddagh ring with Bartholomew Fallon and Richard Joyce to name but two. They are given as friendship rings, but mostly as engagement and wedding rings. It is also tradition in some families for a mother to give it to a daughter when she comes of age (as a sign of love from the mother to the daughter). This is what my wife did (although this is not a tradition in either of our family’s) when our daughter reached 18. She now wears it with pride as the wife gave it to her quoting the rhyme/poem that is associated with the ring –
With my hands I give you my heart
and crown it with my love.
There is also a tradition of were the ring is worn it shows the person who is wearing it there relationship status
- On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
- On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is in a relationship.
- On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is engaged.
- On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is married.
There you go all you wanted to know about the ring. There is another reason for this blog and it is a free pattern just for you (I know you love the free patterns). I hope you give and receive all that you wish this valentine’s day and congratulations to all that got a ring this time. Keep on spreading the word and keep on crocheting.