- “My people, before I was changed… They exchanged this as a sign of devotion. It’s a Claddagh ring. The hands represent friendship, the crown represents loyalty… And the heart… Well, you know… Wear it with the heart pointing towards you. It means you belong to somebody.”
Claddagh ring was a birthday gift from Angel to Buffy Summers, wearing one himself. She kept it long after the vampire lost his soul, and Angel continued using it although with the point reversed.
Scott Hope eventually presented Buffy with a different Claddagh ring as a friendship ring, which he got from a “retro store”. Though well-intentioned, the action wreaked emotional havoc on Buffy given the design’s significance. She finally parted with the one Angel gave her when she placed it on the site where she had sent him to Acathla's dimension, at the Crawford Street mansion. Moments later, after she left, Angel returned on that exact spot.
Behind the scenes
- The Claddagh ring was a traditional Irish ring first produced in the 17th century given as a token of love or worn as a wedding ring. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the city of Galway.
- The ring was reproduced as an actual item featuring the "Supernatural Defense Kit", as well as the Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures “Angel” and “Vampire Angel”.