Claddagh rings have certainly found a place among the rich and famous, particularly in hollywood and in politics.

Many Irish jewelers will tell you that one of the biggest boosts their trade has received in recent years is the prominent use of a Claddagh ring in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series, where both Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz sport the famous Irish symbol.

But the Claddagh has popped up on many other famous hands over the years, even though some of them have no Irish heritage.

  • Rock Star Jim Morrison
  • Actress Julia Roberts (gift from Daniel Day Lewis)
  • Walt Disney (who’s Claddagh ring is depicted on his statue in Disneyland)
  • Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, King Edward VII and King George V of England. Curious, given the contentious state of relations between England and Ireland in their time.
  • Bill Clinton
  • Mia Farrow
  • John Wayne
  • Maureen O’Hara
  • Bing Crosby
  • Gabriel Byrne

Herewith, some photos of famous Claddagh Ring wearers:

danieldaylewiscladdagh
disneycladd
buffycladdagh
Mia Farrow Claddagh

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