Each piece from the Mo Anam Cara ring collection is handcrafted in Ireland. The phrase Mo Anam Cara is Irish, meaning My Soul Mate. These are the perfect Irish wedding ring, or gift to a loved one.
The combination of the Irish language and Celtic symbols on these beautiful pieces make them a special reminder of your commitment to each other.
Choose from Silver, White & Yellow Gold, or Platinum
These gorgeous rings are available in all metal types - sterling silver, yellow gold, and white gold. 18K gold and platinum prices are by request only. This style is also available in two-tone gold. You can also select from 10K, 14K, and 18K (on request) gold grades.
To see all pieces from the Mo Anam Cara jewelry collection, such as pendants and bracelets, please visit our complete inventory: Mo Anam Cara Jewelry Collection.
From the Irish language (or Gaelic as it is also known) comes the wonderful Irish phrase of Mo Anam Cara. It is pronounced "muh ah-num kara". In modern Irish, this phrase is interpreted to mean "My Soul Mate" or "My Soul Friend".
As John O'Donohue put it in his bestselling book, Anam Cara: "You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy, and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home."
Origins of Mo Anam Cara
The term Mo Anam Cara originates from another Irish term "Anamchara" which means confessor, mentor, or spiritual advisor. In Ireland, the Irish language is still spoken today, but mainly in small pockets along Ireland's west coast. These areas are known as Gaeltacht (pronounced gale-tokt) regions, and many schoolchildren spend a summer here in order to immerse themselves in the Irish language as well as its culture. This video has a great history of the Irish language and is well worth watching.
The beauty and simplicity of the Mo Anam Cara phrase has made it a very popular for use in Irish jewelry today. It has led to a variety of beautiful jewelry designs, including wonderful Mo Anam Cara rings and other Mo Anam Cara jewelry.
Mo Anam Cara Rings
By far, the wearing of a Mo Anam Cara ring is the most popular expression of this lovely Irish term. We have a very extensive selection of Mo Anam Cara as well as a multitude of other Irish rings and bands. The classic Mo Anam Cara series features the Irish words inscribed around the circumference of the ring and separated by the Claddagh symbol. The Claddagh is an old Irish symbol representing love, loyalty, and friendship. These classic Mo Anam Cara rings are available in sterling silver, 10K, 14K, and 18K yellow and white gold, as well as two-tone gold presentations.
Another design of this ring features the words Mo Anam Cara in a filigree presentation, with a rope braid around the ring circumference. These bands are comfort fit style. These wonderful rings are available in oxidized sterling silver, as well as different grades of gold. They are exceptionally eye-grabbing in a two-tone gold presentation (either white gold with yellow rail, or vice versa).
To watch beautiful examples Irish jewelry, such as the Mo Anam Cara range, being handcrafted, you may want to watch this short video.
All of the Mo Anam Cara rings are handcrafted by artisan craftsmen in Dublin, Ireland.
Mo Anam Cara Hallmarks
Since 1637, it has been a requirement under Irish law that each piece of fine Irish jewelry be hallmarked. This is done at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle.
Every Irish hallmark consists of three main parts:
1) The mark of the maker or sponsor
2) The mark of the Assay Office
3) The purity mark (verifying the fineness of the metal used)
For Mo Anam Cara rings, the hallmark would be found in the inside surface of the band. By doing so, it does not detract from the design and finish of the ring. Below are some examples of Irish hallmarks found on this and other Irish jewelry.