Historical Claddagh Rings collection can be found at their own museum in Galway. Started in the 18th Century, since the making of the first Claddagh ring, these fine works of jewelry have been the favorite of kings and queens across the continent. The exhibit on rings will take you through the process of ring making. From rubber master moulds to the finished products, you can see it all. And don't forget to see “the world's smallest ring” only as big as the tip of a needle.
Arts & Museums
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The Claddagh Ring Museum functions both as a museum and as jeweler, who sell the traditional Claddagh rings. The ring's design comes from a group of finger-rings called faith rings. Two hands clasping a heart is a characteristic feature of these rings. The "Claddagh Ring" is distinctive because it has two hands holding a heart which is in turn surmounted by a crown. The Claddagh is the old fishing area of Galway, and was ruled independently until 1934. In the Claddagh the rings were used to indicate marriage, worn with the crown towards the knuckle when unwed and worn with the crown toward the finger tip on marriage. The rings were handed down from mother to daughter over the years.