Monday, January 2, 2012

Kladdah ring

Kladdah ring - the ring is symbolic, depicting two hands that hold the crowned heart. Each element of this Celtic symbol combined with the categories of love (heart), friendship (hands), loyalty (the crown). Ring Kladdah widely known among the known Irish jewelry. Its give as a token of friendship, as well as wedding rings.

Legends associated with the ring a lot. In the most popular stories told about a young man Richard Joyce, a native of County Galway, who left his home to find work abroad. It happened back in the seventeenth century. The ship on which he traveled, was attacked by Algerian pirates, and Joyce was taken into slavery. On the eastern market it was sold to one Moorish goldsmith, from whom he learned jewelry.

But at the request of the British Royal Government of all the English slaves were freed. Then, Ireland was a British colony, and Joyce was also a British citizen.
Goldsmith fell in love with a guy capable of and even offered to marry his daughter. But Joyce refused, moreover, that the bride was waiting for him at home. He made for her a gold ring. Returning home, he gave the ring to his bride who waited for him faithfully all these years. They married and settled in the village Kladdah.

Heroes of another story are the prince and the girl from the people. The Prince fell in love with a girl base things, but her father did not believe his senses. To prove his good faith, the young man asked the masters make him a ring, as a representation of his love and marriage proposals.

Kladdah ring has great significance in Ireland as a liability. This Celtic symbol is stored as a family relic.

There are several ways to wear ring

 
The ring on the right hand with the heart rotated from owner means that he or she is still alone, but ready and willing to consider offers of love.

  Once people are tied between the deep feelings, the ring is turned to his owner with the heart, but it remains on the right hand.

The ring on the left hand with the turned  heart  to the owner indicates that two loving hearts are joined forever.

Later came a fourth way of wearing a ring - on the left hand with the heart turned from the carrier. So wear it during the wedding ceremony (as a sign that the heart of the bride and groom were fixed to each other), plighted lovers, widowed and divorced.

By tradition the ring kladdah passed down from generation to generation - from grandmother to granddaughter ... from mother to daughter.

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