Legend has it that the Claddagh symbol was
originated by Richard Joyce, a Galway seafarer, kidnapped by pirates and sold
into slavery in North Africa where he learned the art of a goldsmith. When
he was released, nothing could keep him from his beloved Galway where he
returned to become a master goldsmith and where he created the Claddagh
For centuries this was used as a wedding ring by the fisher folk of Claddagh village, which nestled outside the walls of Galway city in the west of Ireland. Claddagh ring are still worn as friendship, engagement or wedding rings depending on how they are worn
Friendship: by placing the ring anywhere on your right hand.
Engagement: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing outwards.
Wedding: represented by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing inwards towards your heart.