Autumn Sale Now On ends in:

Price match guarantee. Found a better price? We’ll beat it.*

Learn more -

Learn more about Klarna

Pay now

Pay directly when placing your order. No credit card number, no extra passwords, no worries.

pay later

Only pay for what you like. Review your order first and then decide what you want to keep.

Pay in installments

Pay your orders in installments and at your own pace. You decide how much you want to pay monthly.


What is Klarna?

Klarna is one of the leading payment providers in Europe and a licensed bank that is fundamentally changing the payment experience for buyers and sellers. The company, founded in Sweden in 2005, enables online shoppers to handle outstanding payments immediately, later or in installments quickly, easily and securely. Klarna works with more than 130,000 retailers such as Asos, Spotify, MediaMarkt and Deutsche Bahn and currently employs more than 2,500 people in 14 countries. In 2014 Klarna took over Sofort GmbH; In 2017, Billpay GmbH was acquired. The company's investors include; Sequoia Capital, Bestseller Group, Atomico, VISA and Permira. More information can be found

Is it safe to shop online with Klarna?

Definitely! Shopping online couldn't be more secure than with Klarna. In a store, you can always touch and check the goods you want to buy before paying for them. We believe that online shopping should be no different. That's why Klarna purchase on account gives you the opportunity to check your goods first and pay later.

Our goal is to make shopping easier and safer - smooth. That is why we take drastic measures to protect you as a buyer against fraud and unreliable online retailers. Whenever you see the Klarna logo in an online store, you can be sure that the store is trustworthy and meets our strict requirements.

Klarna is also certified by TÜV Saarland and Trusted Shops. Certificates give you as a consumer positive indications of the quality of the services and products. The associations registered under "the TÜV" are known worldwide and the certificates promote the highest international reputation. TÜV Saarland has concentrated on customer-oriented services outside the traditional official fields of activity. Every year, TÜV Saarland ensures that our business model is serious and that Klarna offers secure payment methods through a detailed investigation.

Klarna has been a “Trusted Shops Authorized Partner” since 2011 and as an “authorized partner”, Klarna's processes are perfectly adapted to the Trusted Shops quality criteria. The Trusted Shops quality criteria are based on national and European laws that are important for online shopping. They take into account the current judgments and requirements of consumer protection organizations or go even further. Read more about the Trusted Shops seal of approval here.

In addition, Klarna Buyer Protection protects you with every purchase from Klarna. This is an agreement between you and Klarna that allows you to shop online safely. To ensure that the Buyer Protection Directive applies, you as a consumer must make the purchase from an entrepreneur. Please note that the Buyer Protection Directive only applies to payments made with Sofort if it is expressly stated on the payment method selection page in the merchant's online store.

I have more questions about my payment. Can I speak to someone from Klarna?

Yes of course! You can chat with us in the app at any time or call us on 0221 669 501 10

_ ×
Book An Appointment

Select Location

Unit 22Q,
Powerscourt ,
Town House Centre ,
Dublin 2 DO2YD58

16 Donegall Square
North Belfast

Diamonds Factory (Neve Jewels IE Ltd)
Glandore, 3rd Floor City Quarter,
Lapps Quay, Cork, T12 Y3ET

Level One Office Ltd,
Liosbán Business Park,
Tuam Road, Galway H91FT98.
Unit Number 7.
Schedule Date & Time
Please select your time slot to book your appointment.

Appointment Summary





Please complete your details and secure your booking with us




Notes & Requests

I give consent to be contacted by Diamonds Factory about my enquiry via phone or email.

How to add Handfasting to your Wedding Ceremony

23rd February 2022

by Admin

Handfasting is a beautiful Germanic tradition that has been passed down through the ages, involving tying the hands of two loved ones as part of a marriage ceremony. Handfasting symbolises a promise of lifelong marriage and a public announcement of two individuals becoming a couple together. If you would like to feature handfasting on your wedding day, here are all the ins and outs so you can decide how to incorporate this tradition.

The history of handfasting

Handfasting has been observed for centuries, before wedding rings and engagement rings were commonplace. Handfasting was a custom to literally “tie the knot” for all to see. As a community, people would gather to witness two people become binded with a cord or ribbon, which was tied around their hands to symbolise a lifelong commitment to each other. Originally, the act was a symbol of engagement rather than the marriage itself but was considered legally binding. The cord was likely not beautiful, and may have just been a piece of string or rope.

Who created handfasting?

It is unclear who invented the handfasting tradition, but it may have originated from the Celtics. Handfasting spread across the British isles in mediaeval times as a way to have a marriage ceremony without the presence of an officiant and the banns being read beforehand. After these irregular marriages were made illegal in England, the tradition remained in Scotland which is why it was a popular destination for elopements. Over time, handfasting evolved to be done alongside the wedding ceremony, which is where it is most commonly seen today. These days, handfasting is done with embellished and decorative ribbon and is usually featured while the couple say their vows or just before. Some speculate that it is a pre-Christian tradition, and it has therefore become a popular custom among Neopagan and Wiccan groups in the last century to represent a couple’s union.

Handfasting meaning

The meaning of handfasting signifies two people being joined together for life, just like a traditional religious marriage. Before standard Christian weddings were as common as they are now, handfasting would involve binding your hand to your lover in a promise of a lifelong romance. In other words, literally tying the knot! Nowadays, it is a beautiful ritual that can be part of any wedding if the couple so chooses.

How does handfasting work?

As with all wedding traditions, people can pick and choose which parts they love, and tailor the ritual to their liking. If you’re new to the idea of handfasting, it can be hard to know how to carry it out. Use this handy guide to understand each step.

Explaining the ritual

Prior to starting the ritual, the officiant or couple may like to say a few words to introduce this part of their ceremony. If you’ve got Celtic or Irish heritage, your guests may know about handfasting already, but if you’re not in a Celtic area you might need to explain the ritual.

Joining hands

This can be an emotional moment and one in which the hands are joined to represent unity. Joined hands are symbolic of loyalty and love in Celtic tradition and feature on the Irish Claddagh ring.

Reading the vows

Often people will choose to read their vows and say “I do” before handfasting, while some will choose to say their vows as the handfasting occurs. Some couples will have separate vows for handfasting compared to the religious wedding ceremony, while others will incorporate handfasting into their formal wedding vows. It is entirely up to the couple!

Hand binding is carried out by the officiant

In traditional handfasting ceremonies, the hands would be tied by the officiant or priest a year in advance. These days, many people will ask the priest or officiant to tie their hands while the vows are being read out on their wedding day instead. While getting the priest or officiant to carry out the handfasting ritual is the more common option, handfasting can also be a lovely opportunity to involve family members in your service. Parents, children, friends – all can tie a ribbon to represent their Irish wedding blessing. It is a tradition that is adaptable, and can add a communal element to your big day.

The ritual is closed with further vows

This step is optional, as often the “I do” and kiss come before the handfasting. However, if you’ve chosen to place the handfasting before the official vows, then you’ll say “I do” here. After the handfasting has occurred the ritual will be closed, and the officiant may announce your commitment to each other as solidified by the ribbons.

The happy couple walk off together, ideally with hands still tied

Legend has it, the tradition dictates that the hands were tied until midnight that night! This is very rarely carried out today, because it’s just too difficult. Today, couples tend to loosely tie the ribbons so that they can fall off naturally, or they can untie them. That said, some people prefer to keep the hands tied until the ribbon naturally falls off, which is likely by the time the couple walks out of the church if the ribbon is tied loosely. One of the most beautiful things about handfasting is that you can keep the ribbon as a memento. Some couples choose to frame them, or have them incorporated into jewellery.

Handfasting cords colours meaning

These days, any colours can be used (normally the ones that best suit the colour palate of the wedding). But traditionally, different ribbon or cord colours have specific meanings:

  • White for purity
  • Light blue for fidelity
  • Red for passion
  • Green for fertility
  • Purple for spiritual strength
  • Gold for wisdom
  • Silver for creativity and protection
  • Orange for kindness
  • Yellow for charm
  • Pink for romance and happiness
  • Brown for healing
  • Dark blue for protection & fidelity
  • Beautiful handfasting wedding traditions

    Irish wedding traditions can be a lovely addition to your big day, and handfasting is one of the most popular. You can use this ritual as a nod to your heritage, to involve more people in your ceremony or simply because you love the idea. It’s entirely up to you how you use handfasting. You can use it before the vows, after vows, a year in advance to symbolise engagement, or on the wedding day. If you’d like more engagement inspiration, browse our collection of engagement rings or discover our beautiful wedding rings today.

    Other Good Reads