Many Christians wear a cross or crucifix as an outward sign of their faith.  While for some, it is little more than a fashion accessory, for others it has a greater significance.  Wearing the cross serves to identify the individual as a Christian.  Some believe that wearing a cross will provide divine protection.

Generally, Latter-day Saints do not wear crosses, despite sharing the Christian belief in Jesus as the Savior.  The most common reason given is that the cross represents the cause of death, with no reference to His resurrection.  Latter-day Saints prefer to focus on the living God rather than His temporary death.  An analogy often used is, “If your grandfather were to die in an auto accident, would you wear a small car around your neck to remember him?”

The CTR ring reminds the wearer of the Lord’s invitation to “Come, follow me.”  Choosing the right course of action will ensure that we can follow the Savior throughout our lives.

Even Spellchecker struggles with this one.  While many people have heard of the Irish Claddagh Ring, few know how to spell it correctly without seeing it in print.

Here are some of the common misspellings:

Cladagh ring, cladough ring, claddaugh ring, cladaugh ring, claddah ring, colada ring, clada ring, cladder ring, claddar ring.

For the record, the correct spelling is claddagh ring.  It follows the Irish pattern of spelling, and reflects the Gaelic pronunciation.  The second syllable has a guttural sound, similar to the Scottish pronunciation of loch.  For those of us who don’t profess to speak Gaelic, it is easier to pronounce it as rhyming with ladder, but without an ‘r’ sound at the end.

The famous Irish Claddagh also has some other names: the Irish wedder, the Irish wedding ring, or simply, the Claddagh.  It means “shore”, and the first Claddagh ring came from the fishing village of Galway centuries ago.

At Celestial Ringdom, we have created two versions of the CTR Irish Claddagh. The first design is just for the ladies. 

The second style is available in mens and ladies sizes.  They will be available soon, or can be purchased as a special order.