Share a photo of something old. Maybe something that has personal history for you, that was passed down to you, and that has special meaning to you. Tell us about it and why it’s special.
Well we have come to the end of Blogtember and I am actually really pretty bummed about it, although I would be late by a few days, at least it was a topical challenge that really helped me as a writer, but also with getting me to a new audience. And I graciously thank the creator Jenni with Story of My Life! For today’s last topic, my item is not really old per say. It is getting there, but I have never really been handed down anything through my family. The problem is we’re Irish, and the Irish take more pride and joy in land than we do of personal trinkets. I know I will be passed down some land, which I will love and cherish more than anything. But for the past two years my most prized possession has been my Claddagh ring.
For those of you who do not know what it is, it is an Irish traditional ring. Both of my grandparents actually wear them as their wedding bands. But the symbolism behind the ring means more to me than anything. The ring itself represents love, loyalty, and friendship. Below is my ring:
What makes this ring so special is not only is it part of an Irish tradition, but it was given to me three months into mine and Shane’s relationship. He actually bought the ring for me, knowing how much I wanted one. There are four ways the ring can be worn which actually symbolize four different statuses.
1) On the right hand with the heart pointed towards the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
2) On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. (This suggests that the wearer’s hand has been “captured”) This is the position that my ring has been in since first receiving it.
3) Worn on the left hand with the heart tip pointed towards the fingertips signifies an engagement.
4) On the left hand with the tip of the heart pointed to the wrist, the wearer is married.
I cherish this symbolism every day, although I am not engaged or married, the ring means more to me than all of that, there is more meaning behind the culture of the ring than what today’s society imposes. Just the fact that it was given to me by someone who appreciates that culture just as much as I do, makes my claddagh ring all the more special to me.
- The Symbolism of the Claddagh Ring (married.answers.com)
- The Claddagh Ring: Irish Jewelry as a Secret Declaration of Love (virtual-strategy.com)
- Pledge Your Love with Matching Claddagh Rings (honeymoon.answers.com)