The Claddagh is an ancient Gaelic symbol which is now a universal symbol of lasting love, eternal friendship, and loyalty. It was first designed around 400 years ago in a small village near Galway, Ireland. The Claddagh symbol shows a crown above two hands clasping a heart in the middle.
The Claddagh is often placed on wedding bands to represent holding a lover heart in one hands.
With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love.
The crown symbolises loyalty.
The hands symbolise friendship.
The heart symbolises love.