With these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my loyalty.
The Irish custom is to wear your Claddagh ring to signify your romantic status:
Are you in love? You should wear your Claddagh ring with the heart pointing towards your body.
If you are not yet fully committed, wear your ring with the heart pointing outward.
Are you married or engaged? Then wear it on the third finger of your left hand.
Still single? You should wear it on your right hand.
This uniquely Irish design combines three distinct elements:
Heart in the centre means Love (Grá)
Crown, that sits above all, means Loyalty (Dílseacht)
Hands, holding the heart, mean Friendship (Cairdeas)
A heart-shaped garnet stone, signaling a January birthday, glows warmly from the center of this Claddagh ring. A beaded crown tops the gem, and sterling silver hands curve around it. Two round-cut CZ's embedded in the band on either side create the illusion of bejeweled sleeves.
The Claddagh may well be the most widely recognized emblem in Irish jewelry. People of all nations wear this symbol to indicate their commitment to romance as well as to broadcast their relationship status. An individual searching for affection slips a Claddagh ring on his or her finger with the bottom of the heart pointing outward, and an individual already settled in a partnership turns the crown to the world. The hands of the Claddagh represent friendship; the crown, faithfulness; and the heart, love.
Folklore claims that those born in January are organized and productive, and that they enjoy learning new things. The resonating red of the garnet reiterates the intensity with which they can feel conviction about a topic. This birthstone ring would keep the owner focused on nurturing herself, stoking the fire within, fostering her most independent and strong-willed qualities. And this woman knows that even a traditional look deserves a touch of panache.