Saturday, April 16, 2011

History of the Claddagh rings.

The Claddagh ring is Irelands most romantic and enduring Celtic jewellery practice. It is normal for the ring to be worn as a marriage or engagement band and then to be passed down from generation to generation. Legend has it that one of its residents a Richard Joyce was kidnapped while out fishing, by Moorish pirates and returned to Tunisia. Selecting the month and day of a bride's wedding were regarded as one of the most significant choices. Marry in Apr when you can, joy for maiden and for man. Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine. If you married in dark Nov , only joys will come, remember. May was regarded as an unfortunate month due to a few Pagan customs. Summer commenced in May with the holiday of Baltane, which was celebrated with outside orgies. In the Victorian Age , this information was taken more seriously than it is today. It is rumored that Queen Victoria forbade her youngsters to wed in May so was born the rhyme : Marry in Lent, live to repent. June was said to be a fortunate month to wed in as it is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of love and wedding.

June also signified the end of Lent and the arriving of hotter weather. The approval for the Claddagh ring was aided by the mass exodus from Eire in the great famine 1845-50. The tradtional Claddagh symbols - heart for love, hands for comradeship and crown for fidelity.

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