A small detail I read in a novel got me so curious about a ring that I did some research and found the Claddagh Ring. It is a traditional ring with a distinctive design that features two hands clasping a heart and surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbolic design are said to correspond to the qualities of love (heart), friendship (hands), and loyalty (crown). You may think that’s all and quite enough to go on, but there’s more…

The manner in which the ring is worn conveys a deeper meaning. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing away from the body, it indicates that the wearer is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be looking for one: “their heart is open.” If worn on the right hand with the heart facing inward toward the body, then it means that the wearer is in a relationship: “someone has captured their heart.” Worn on the left ring finger facing outward says that the wearer is engaged, while on the left ring finger but facing inward means the person wearing it is married.

Now doesn’t that beat the Facebook status “In a relationship” any day? To the ladies, the man who gives you such a ring is a keeper. Unless of course, he has kissed the Blarney Stone (more about that and about the legend behind the ring in my future pegs).

Murphy, Colin, and Donal O’Dea (2006) The Feckin’ Book of Everything Irish. New York, Barnes & Noble. p.126 ISBN 0-7607-8219-9

P.S. Don’t you just love the title of that source? LOL!