When looking for an Irish Claddagh Ring, there are many factors to consider. First and foremost, you want to be sure that you are getting a quality piece of Jewelry that was made in Ireland. Like all jewelry, Claddagh Rings can vary widely in quality and authenticity, so be sure and shop somewhere with a good reputation and that stands behind their Irish jewelry.
Here are some tips for your search for the perfect Claddagh ring:
- Although your local jeweler may have a couple of examples, their range is bound to be limited. Seek out a store that specializes in Irish jewelry.
- Limited selection may well lead you to online shopping, which is probably your best bet. Online Irish stores tend to have better selection, and often, prices. They don’t have the overhead associated with the stores in the mall.
- Make sure that the Irish store that you choose has a decent return policy. You may wish to shy away from auction sites, etc. where goods are often non-returnable and purchased as-is.
- Assistance with sizing (i.e. printable ring sizers) is nice, but often they can be highly inaccurate. Your best bet is to have a jeweler size your finger towards the end of the day when it is at its largest.
A Claddagh ring is indeed a treasure, and something that you’ll likely own for the rest of your life. A gold Claddagh ring in particular is likely to become a family heirloom. I know that I have no plans to stop wearing mine!