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Green Amber and Sterling Silver Claddagh Necklace, 45.7cm
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This originally Baltic amber has gotten its greenish qualities by being carried during the Ice Age. There are three traditionally accepted ways of wearing the ring which may signal someone's relationship status: 1.When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment. 2.On the same finger but the other way round, with the heart pointing away from the fingertip, it suggests someone is romantically involved. 3.When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger, it means the person is married or engaged. The Claddagh ring belongs to a group of European finger rings called "fede rings".The name "fede" comes from the Italian phrase mani in fede ("hands [joined] in faith" or "hands [joined] in loyalty"). These rings date from Roman times, when the gesture of clasped hands was a symbol of pledging vows, and they were used as love and marriage rings in mediaeval and Renaissance Europe. Fede rings are cast in the form of two clasped hands, symbolising faith, trust, or "plighted troth". Nowadays, the Claddagh ring is seen as a distinctively Irish variation on the fede ring, while the hands, heart, and crown motif was used in England in the early 18th century. It is generally accepted that the ring is directly descended from the fede ring. It is regularly transferred by the mother to her daughter first married; and so on to their descendants Claddagh rings are worn by many, though slightly more commonly by those of Irish heritage. It is worn in the main as a cultural symbol, and per tradition as an engagement/wedding ring.Claddagh rings have been used often as plot devices in movies and television. The story of the Claddagh ring ... has so much folklore and myth attached to it that it is difficult to know where legend ends and truth begins.

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