The Claddagh is a localized variation of an European "fede", or loyalty, ring particular to Ireland. This ring features two hands clasped around a heart. Each aspect of the ring carries deep significance: the hands of friendship and the heart filled with love and loyalty.
This ring also has significance based on the way it is worn, the ring can be a symbol of the wearer's relationship status. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the point of the heart facing out, it indicates that the wearer is available and looking for love. With the ring on right, but the point turned in means that the heart is promised to someone. When the ring is worn on the left with the point turned out, it is a sign of engagement. And with the ring on the left hand, point facing in, is a symbol of committed marriage.
This particular Victorian memento piece features an emerald stone in a pearl halo held by two gold hands. In addition, these rings carry a love story. Behind the central stone of the ring is encased a lock of hair. Whether it be that of a lover or a child, this ring was meant to always be a reminder of love to the wearer.
Gold, pearl, rubies and emerald
Lock of hair underneath