The Claddagh ring has a very distinct story and meaning. The crown, which adorns the heart, represents loyalty. The heart represents LOVE. The two hands represent great friendship. The ancient Gaelic design is also used in traditional Irish engagements as well as wedding rings. If worn on the right hand and the heart is facing out signals you are single. If the heart is facing in you are currently dating. If worn on the left hand and the heart is facing out it means you are engaged. If you are wearing in on the left hand and the heart is facing in it means you are married. This dates back to the 17th Century Irish Culture.