The Claddagh ring, or “that Irish ring” as it’s referred to at times, has a history with all sorts of different origins but one thing all of the stories can agree on, is how to wear it. 

Most Irish people have or had one at one time in their life but one thing remains clear and that’s how to wear it. I remember my grandmother checking my ring periodically to see if it was turned the right way and telling me the meaning and the superstition when it was turned the wrong way. 

We’re here to tell you not only the meaning of how you wear it but what it means.

At one point the Claddagh was used as a wedding ring. The reason being is that it was believed that the symbols on the ring made up the basic components of a marriage, over time, it became a symbol for both people in relationships and not. It’s a staple piece for most of us Irish.

The three basic elements, as believed, are that the 2 hands, mean friendship, the heart means love, and the crown means loyalty. I think they were onto something here…

Wearing the ring can tell someone your status as either a dater or an engaged or a married individual, it’s all in the heart. Literally.

The Right Hand

Wearing the ring on your right hand, with the bottom of the heart facing out, means you are single, and to quote pop culture, ready to mingle.

Wearing the ring on your right hand, with the bottom of the heart facing in, towards you, means you are in a long term relationship and any suitors are to pay mind to this. A person does not turn her heart on a whim.

The Left Hand

Wearing the ring on your left hand with the bottom of the heart facing out, it means the person is engaged. Probably not the best idea to pursue this person.

If the ring is on their left hand with the bottom of the heart facing inwards, this means the person is married. Their heart is closed.

I’ve been wearing a Claddagh ring for as long as I can remember and from what my grandmother told me, it is bad luck to wear it the wrong way and if you do wear it the wrong way, you are inviting bad love luck into your life.  It may be an old wives tale but I think I’ll take the advice.