Claddagh Tattoo Designs

The enduring symbol of Irish affection, the Claddagh is a heart being held by a pair of hands with a crown above. The two hands represent friendship, the crown-loyalty, the heart-love.
The Claddagh ring is worn worldwide by the Irish, either on the right hand with the heart pointed outwards showing that the wearer is "free" for romance, or with the heart turned inwards to denote that his or her heart is "taken". Moved to the left hand, with the heart facing inwards, it shows that the wearer is happily married.
The original expression which accompanied the passage of the "Claddagh" was: "With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love."
The ring was developed by Richard Joyce, native of Galway. He was stolen away on his wedding day, and while being transported to the plantations of the Moorish West Indies as a slave was captured by pirates in the Mediterranean. Sold to a goldsmith in Italy, he made this ring and sent it home to his bride-to-be, asking her to wait for him. He was set free in 1689 and he returned to Galway to marry his loyal beloved, and to set up shop as a jeweler.
A Dublin version of this ring appeared about 100 years ago with two hearts and two hands and no crown. This is the Fenian Claddagh.


Claddagh Heart Cross
Claddagh Heart Cross

Claddagh Heart Cross IMG1339$14.95
Shamrock Claddagh
Shamrock Claddagh

Shamrock Claddagh IMG848$12.95
Fidelity Claddagh
Fidelity Claddagh

Fidelity Claddagh IMG1306$7.95
Claddagh Lace
Claddagh Lace

Claddagh Lace IMG1029$8.95
Claddagh Band
Claddagh Band

Claddagh Band IMG180$14.95
Claddagh
Claddagh

Claddagh IMG437$5.95
Claddagh Ring
Claddagh Ring

Claddagh Ring IMG553$9.95
Claddagh Heart Bracelet
Claddagh Heart Bracelet

Claddagh Heart Bracelet IMG426$12.95
Claddagh Wreath
Claddagh Wreath

Claddagh Wreath IMG344$16.95
Claddagh Shamrock Cross
Claddagh Shamrock Cross

Claddagh Shamrock Cross IMG716$16.95
Celtic Claddagh Cross Tattoos

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