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diamond claddagh

http://www.tinkerscart.com/whitegolddiamondcladdaghring.aspx

Claddagh rings are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day and everything Irish.  The Claddagh has a long history dating back to the 17 th century. This classic expression of eternal love and friendship depicts a crowned heart held in two hands, the heart symbolizes love, the crown fidelity and the hands friendship.

“The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand is usually intended to convey the wearer’s romantic availability, or lack thereof. Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship: “their heart is open.” When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that “someone has captured their heart”. A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger facing outward away from the body generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married.” [1]

The classic claddagh ring we often see is yellow gold without any stones. In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day I wanted to find some more inspired styles for you and found these!

claddagh

http://www.etsy.com/listing/56506218/claddagh-ring-chunky-ring-gifts-for-her

Claddagh ruby ring

http://www.celtarts.com/valentines.htm

mens claddagh

http://www.pricerock.com/servlet/the-62779/14k-White-Gold-Men’s/Detail

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

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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Metaphor For Love?

parrot pearl2A friend of mine, who has been a jewelry collector for years recently decided it was time to clean out her closet. Well, she found this necklace and thought maybe I could take it apart and use the pieces to make something new, because I try to incorporate vintage findings and other bits of old jewelry into my pieces whenever possible.

My jewelry collection (www.fromtheashesvintagejewels.com) is inspired by antique and vintage jewelry and I love to lend my jewelry a bit of history and make each one a unique, one of a kind jewel.

This necklace is from the 1970’s, from a company called Parrot Pearls. They we’re based in San Fransisco and we’re known for these (I think, really strange) ceramic necklaces. I didn’t know what to do with this thing, I still don’t really.

But, I pick it up everyday, and realized just this morning that it may be a metaphor for life and love. Or, I might just be really jaded! The heart is broken and the groom is missing a leg! I mean c’mon it’s hilarious!

She found the broken pieces a few days ago, but I like it better this way. A groom with a missing limb and a busted up heart! Well, on that note happy Valentines Day, and sure hope you get lucky because that’ll make at least one of us!

 

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