In 1991, we visited Ireland and I bought myself a Claddagh ring at Blarney Castle. I hinted broadly to my husband that he ought to buy it for me, but all he said was, "If you want it, why don't you buy it?" So I did. Now I find out that it's "bad luck" to buy a Claddagh ring for yourself. Oh well. Too late now. I've been wearing it for twenty years! While we were in Ireland, I looked for a nice little concise booklet that would tell me the meaning of the ring. But all I could find was a big thick book on the subject, and I didn't want to tote that around in my luggage. So, here's some of the information I was looking for way back then.
The History and Meaning of Irish Claddagh Rings