Here at Claddagh Rings Catalog, we often receive questions from shoppers who have general inquiries about Claddagh rings. One of the most common questions is whether or not the Claddagh rings that we showcase are imported from Ireland.
Many people are under the impression that Claddagh rings are only manufactured by jewelers in Ireland, and as a result, expect that they will be very expensive. As the Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio explains, the very first Claddagh rings were made in Ireland, although the tradition of exchanging rings with images of clasped hands on them dates back to Roman times. The Claddagh symbol as we know it today first appeared on jewelry created in the village of Claddagh, which was located just outside of the modern city of Galway.
Claddagh rings have grown in popularity over the centuries since the rings were first introduced. Because so many people are touched by the meaning of the Claddagh symbol, there is a large demand for rings with the Celtic image incorporated into their design. Nowadays, Claddagh rings are made by jewelry designers all over the world, including some located right here in the United States.
You don’t need to purchase directly from an Irish jeweler to get a beautiful Claddagh ring. There are many different styles and price points for Claddagh rings, so you’re sure to find one that will suit your tastes and your budget.