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With This Ring With This Ring : The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry

With This Ring With This Ring : The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry (Hardcover) by Penny Proddow, Darrin Haddad, Marion Fasel, Suk Hee Ko Publisher: Bulfinch (November 16, 2004) ISBN: 0821228862

“The romantic Irish Claddagh Ring has two hands holding a heart with a crown. During the eighteenth century the design was used as an engagement ring in the fishing village of Claddagh on the western coast of Galway, but the motif didn’t originate there. It was a fancy court style set with diamonds in seventeenth-century Italy. The Irish adopted it, re-created it in gold, and name it after the fishing village. Frequently the rings were engraved with the alternating letters of the couple’s first names, one reading from the right and other from the left. For example, George and Sophia would be GaEiOhRpGoEs. Claddagh engagement rigns were passed down through the generations from mothers to daughter.”