Most people wear a ring of sorts, from a wedding band to a signet ring, an expensive gem or a fashion piece, it seems that the humble ring is omnipresent.
But it’s background history offers interesting thoughts on the origins of its design! In ancient times it would have been symbolic because (as is still the case today) the ring is never ending, an eternal circle with so many meanings for so many people.
Rings were also used as ‘slave marks’. Initially, it is suggested, that the ring would have been hessian or rope and not [a ring] as we know it, rather it would have been tied around a waist. Gradually this changed into small metal items and became what we know as a ring now. At the same time, wealthy people took to wearing seals on their fingers so that they could stamp their authority on whatever was required of them. The ‘seal’ was a show of superiority and greatly favoured by The Romans!
Of course, as history shows us time and time again, rings as jewellery were initially the domain of the male population but as more techniques were discovered and [they] became more intricate, rings were used as offerings to females; this was seen as the beginning of them being used for commitment purposes.
And now of course, we use rings to mark special occasions, engagements and weddings of course, but also birthdays, specials anniversaries and, more than anything, they are used as high fashion accessories.
That’s why, here at Ocean J we always have a wide selection of affordable and interesting pieces that offer simplicity or extravagance, because everyone has their own preferences and as much as symbolism still plays a major part in some reasons for wearing a ring, the main purpose now is most definitely fashion!
Please note: Images are representations to enhance the blogpost and are not available at Ocean J