The Claddagh symbol of hands holding a heart, surmounted by a crown dates back more than 400 years and is generally associated with the fishing village of Claddagh in the west of Ireland, near Galway. There are many legends concerning the origin of the Claddagh symbol, but most agree that the hands symbolize friendship, the heart love and the crown loyalty. In the 17th century, rings with the Claddagh symbol became the fashionable exchange of friends or lovers, often becoming heirlooms passed down from mother to daughter.
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