Originally Posted by Irishmommy
FYI, Claddagh rings are traditional Irish wedding rings, so you are still wearing a wedding ring, albeit not one from a husband.
I should have explained the significance of our "divorce rings" a bit more clearly. Mom actually came up with the concept before I had even met exy, much less divorced him.
The Claddagh ring is traditionally worn in different ways to represent a woman's marital status. You'll find different opinions on which way represents which status and it may be regional, depending on what part of Ireland you happen to be in. When we got ours (Mom bought me mine and I bought hers when we were in Dublin) Mom looked at the little "instuction" booklet that came with it and saw one way for "single and looking", one way for "in a commited relationship", one way for "married", and of course she saw the possibility of the way that was not mentioned and decided that, for us anyway, it would mean "single and happy about it and not looking".
That's how I wear mine now.
It's kind of silly, but it was an affirmation to Mom that her lifestyle is a valid one that she doesn't need to be ashamed of and when I turned my ring to that position, it was a private little ceremony in my own mind marking a rite of passage into a new phase of life.