Irish themed jewelry is a growing celebrity trend. In recent years Claddagh rings have been prominently worn by film stars, but they have always been popular with musicians, political figures, and royalty. They've also made several appearances on film and television, giving new life to the original 17 century design.
One of the first movie stars to be seen wearing a claddagh ring was Julia Roberts in 1995. It is speculated at the time that it was given to her by fellow screen actor Daniel Day Lewis.
The Duke, John Wayne, wore a claddagh ring, as did his 'Quiet Man' co-star Maureen O’Hara. Other stars spotted with a claddagh ring include Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, Rebecca Gayheart, Barry Fitzgerald, Mia Farrow, and Walt Disney. (Disney's statue at Disneyland even wears a claddagh).
The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish symbol consisting of 2 hands holding a crowned heart representing love, loyalty, and friendship.
Musicians Liam and Noel Gallagher from the band Oasis have both sported the claddagh, as has U2's frontman Bono. In her book Strange Days, author Patricia Kennealy explains that she gave Doors frontman Jim Morrison a gold claddagh and he gave her a silver one in a pagan hand-fasting ceremony.
Dillons of Galway is the original manufacturers of claddagh rings. It was established in 1750 and was granted the Royal Patent