JEWELRY SHOPPING ONLINE – RINGS AND THINGS
Rings and things – shopping for jewelry and rings online. Give your loved one a ring to remember !
There is no better way of telling your loved one just how much they mean to you, than by giving them a beautiful ring. Whether it’s a Promise Ring of some kind, an Engagement Ring, a Wedding Ring or a ring to celebrate a special occasion. It is so easy nowadays to find just the right ring to demonstrate your love and commitment. Click on one of the boxes below to go to the pages of your choice.
Antique & Vintage Rings
The difficulty is that there are so many rings to choose from that it can be extremely time consuming finding a ring that you both like – and can afford. So we have taken some of the hard work off your hands. We have reviewed all the rings offered by the major online jewelry stores, compared them in terms of quality and value for money and produced our own selection of rings for each occasion. We have left you the enjoyable task of browsing through our selection and choosing a ring that is just right for you. So go on take your pick and give your loved one a ring to remember!
Jewelry, in one form or another, has been around for a very long time. Two shell beads, found on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel, have been dated as going back 100,000 years; other shell jewelry of a similar age has also been found in Morocco and Algeria.
The custom of wearing pierced shells, coral, rare metals and other small decorative objects on the body or on one’s clothing therefore has a long history … and is common to all cultures and societies.
A little bit of history. Jewelry is worn for a number of reasons, not only for decoration: as a symbol of personal or social status; as a public demonstration of affiliation with a particular religious or other social group; for protection to ward off spirits; and as a means of artistic expression. However, for many years, the wearing of rings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry was limited to kings, queens and members of the nobility. The ancient rings below would all have been worn by those in positions of power.
Rings shown above:
1) Ancient Egyptian wedding band c 2000 BC
2) Copy of Egyptian scarab ring c 1000-2000 BC
3) Byzantine Gold Wedding Ring: 7th Century AD – Wikipedia/Musee de Louvre
4) Antique Gold Wedding Ring c 1500 AD
How things have changed! Nowadays, everyone has the opportunity to wear whatever sort of jewelry they choose …. and wherever they want.
Although jewelry has usually been worn for adornment and decoration, a number of customs and traditions have grown up around the use of certain types of jewelry. For example, the giving and receiving of rings to confirm an agreement dates back at least 6,000 years. Promise rings, Engagement rings and Wedding Rings have long been associated with the act of Betrothal and Marriage. Friendship rings, Claddagh rings and Purity rings have signified other forms of commitment.
Nowadays, it is possible to do all your jewelry and ring shopping online. You can choose your own gemstone, its quality, its shape and its cut – as well as your desired metal and the setting.
In order to help you in your choice of rings, this website provides information on the different types of rings available to you. We have also created our own hand-picked selection of the very best of the rings available … rings for women, rings for men, rings for couples … just rings, rings and more rings.
The term “promise ring” encompasses a wide range of rings: Romantic Promise Rings, Friendship Rings and Loyalty Rings, Claddagh Rings, Purity Rings, Chastity Rings, Faith Rings as well as traditional Posey Rings …. all available with a gemstone of your choice and in whatever setting you like.
Common to all the cultures is the symbolic role taken on by rings in betrothal and marriage. Whereas a Promise Ring has a number of meanings – see Promise Ring Meanings – the role of an engagement ring is quite clear.
Whereas a Promise Ring is seen as the first step on the journey that a couple will take together, an Engagement Ring represents a more formal statement of commitment – an agreement to marry.
In Western societies, the custom of a man giving an engagement ring to his betrothed (future wife) as a symbol of their agreement to marry can be traced back to early Roman times. However, similar customs exist in other societies. In Europe, the use of engagement rings is well documented from the 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries. It is in the 19th Century that the practice became widespread. Examples of 19th Century (vintage and antique) rings are shown below.
Designers of jewelry in the period from the 19th Century onwards have produced some of the most beautiful engagement rings imaginable. Victorian rings, Edwardian rings and Art Deco rings have their own distinctive characteristics and this has made Vintage Rings and Antique Rings so highly collectable – and highly valuable.
Many of the more popular designs have been copied and it is now possible to obtain a Vintage or Antique style ring at a fraction of the cost of a real antique.
It is only in the 20th Century that it became popular practice to give a diamond ring as an engagement ring – more a tribute to modern marketing methods than anything else.
These marketing techniques have proved so successful that, if you ask anyone today, they will tell you that a solitaire diamond ring is the only traditional form of engagement ring.
Diamond engagement rings therefore tend to dominate the pages in the catalogues of major jewelers. However, a diamond ring is not the only choice – and sometimes not even the best.
The 4 major gemstones are Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. However, the full list of precious and semi=precious stones is much longer and encompasses a wide range of colors. What is more these gemstones are linked to the month of your birth and even to your Zodiac sign. So why not choose your own Birthstone as the centerpiece of your ring.
See our Birthstone Chart to see which gemstone is your own birthstone. You can then compare the gemstone that is traditionally associated with your birth month with the gemstone associated with your Zodiac Sign – your Zodiac Birthstone; they are usually not the same. That means you can choose the gemstone that you prefer.
A wedding ring is seen as the last in the sequence of gifts that a man gives to his betrothed and symbolizes the state of marriage. A plain yellow gold wedding band has been used in Western society as a symbol of married status for over two thousand years.
During the latter part of the 20th century, other metals such as white gold, platinum and titanium started to be used in wedding bands by both men and women to signify their married status. At the same time, wedding bands became more decorative as shown by the Gemvara Selection below.
Other special and romantic occasions:
Of course there is nothing more romantic than giving a ring as a gift to mark other special events – maybe a birthday or anniversary ring. And then there are other times of the year when the gift of a ring would be most welcome: for example St Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and of course Christmas. This is where a Birthstone Ring can be an inspired choice.
Rings have become a popular symbol of love, affection, appreciation and commitment. So why not cast caution to the winds and buy your loved one a ring to remember.