RINGS WITH LOVE: DIAMOND, GEMSTONES, BIRTHSTONES RINGS
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All you want know about rings and their meanings: Promise Rings, Engagement Rings, Wedding Rings, rings for other Special Occasions. How to choose the right ring: Diamond, Gemstones, Birthstones – see our Website Directory.
There is no better way of telling your loved one how much they mean to you than by buying them a beautiful ring. Whether it’s a Promise Ring of some kind, a beautiful Diamond or Gemstone Engagement Ring, a Wedding Band or a ring to confirm some other commitment or to celebrate a special occasion. Rings with Love features a hand-picked selection of white gold, silver and platinum rings. These are chosen from the most fabulous rings, gemstones and jewelry around today. A ring to match any occasion …. and any budget.
Jewelry has been around for a very long time. The custom of wearing decorative objects on the body and on one’s clothing is common to all cultures. The earliest jewelry goes back over 100,000 years. Two shell beads were discovered on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel dating back 100,000 years – and shell jewelry of a similar age has also been found in Morocco and Algeria. Jewelry was worn by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks and has been found in civilisations across all 5 continents.
The wearing of rings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry used to be 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, left to right:
1) Ancient Egyptian wedding band c 2000 BC
2) Copy of Egyptian scarab ring c 1000-2000 BC
3) Gold Ring of Sheshonq, 26th Dynasty, 6th Century BC – see www.britishmuseum.org
4) Byzantine Gold Wedding Ring: 7th Century AD – Wikipedia/Musee de Louvre
5) Antique Gold Wedding Ring c 1500 AD
The past 200 years have seen dramatic developments in jewelry design. Below is a selection of Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Modern rings. They show the intricate workmanship of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century jewelers. See our Website Directory for more information on antique
How things have changed.
The wearing of rings and other jewellery has become commonplace. Jewellery is now worn for personal adornment and decoration. Whereas the wearing of jewellery used to be a symbol of position, wealth and power, this is no longer the case. Nowadays, anyone can wear whatever jewellery they choose; jewellery has become part of the fashion industry.
The increasing availability of materials during the 19th Century and the development of the diamond industry transformed jewelry making. The examples of the jeweler’s craft shown above demonstrate the art of jewelry making over the past 200 years.
The giving and exchange of rings to confirm an agreement or commitment dates back at least 6,000 years. This commitment can be of any kind but is usually associated with betrothals and marriage.
Promise Rings, Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings tend to be associated with the Betrothal and Marriage. Friendship, Loyalty Rings and Claddagh Rings, Purity and Chastity Rings, True Love Waits Rings, Faith/Religious Rings and Posey Rings signify other forms of commitment.
See our WEBSITE DIRECTORY for more information on any of the following:
Romantic Promise Rings
Purity and Chastity Rings
True Love Waits Rings
Faith and Religious Rings
Our Promise Ring Collection:
Our Promise Ring Collection encompasses a wide range of Promise Rings: Heart Rings and Double Heart Rings, Infinity Rings, Flower Rings … all in the metal of your own choice – white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum or sterling silver. Choose a gemstone that has a special meaning for you such as your Birthstone. See our Birthstones Chart to find your birthstone. Click here for our Website Directory to see a full List of Contents.
See our ONLINE JEWELRY STORE to choose your ring from our Promise Ring collection
Of course, there are other forms of Promise Rings:
The symbolic role taken on by rings in betrothal and marriage is common to all cultures. Although Promise Rings now have a number of meanings – see our section on Promise Rings Meanings – the role of an engagement ring is quite clear.
A Promise Ring is seen as one of the first steps 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.
Diamond Engagement Rings:
If you ask anyone today, they will tell you that a solitaire diamond ring is the only really acceptable form of engagement ring.
However, this practice is a very recent one. Until mid Victorian times, when diamond mining expanded dramatically, the stones in engagement rings tended to be Rubies, Emeralds or Sapphires.
During the Great Depression of the 1930‘s the price of diamonds collapsed at a time when engagement rings were also going out of style with the younger generation. De Beers created an advertising and promotional campaign to promote diamonds – to educate people about diamonds and the 4C’s – cut, color, clarity, carats. They also promoted the concept that an engagement ring was an important step in the betrothal-marriage process.
In 1947, they created the slogan “a diamond is forever”. This ran for many years during the latter part of the last century. It was only dropped as a campaign several years ago. Ultimately, the De Beers campaign sought to persuade consumers that a diamond engagement ring was indispensable … and it was very successful.
In 1939 only 10% of engagement rings had diamonds. By the turn of the century, this figure was 80%.
Wedding Rings and Wedding Bands:
A wedding ring or wedding band is given by the groom (and usually – but not always – the bride) to their spouse during the wedding ceremony. It is seen as the last in the sequence of gifts that a man gives to his betrothed and future wife. It symbolizes the state of marriage and the exchange of marriage vows. 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, rose 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 selection shown below.
Vintage and Antique Rings:
Designers of jewelry in the period from the 19th Century onwards have produced some of the most beautiful rings imaginable. Georgian rings, Victorian rings, Edwardian rings, Art Nouveau and Art Deco rings have their own distinctive characteristics and this has made Vintage Rings and Antique Rings so highly collectable – and highly valued. Rings produced during the latter part of the 20th Century – “Estate Rings” – demonstrate that the jeweller’s art is still as vibrant as ever.
Many of the more popular Antique and Vintage designs have been copied by jewellers around the world. It is now possible to obtain a Vintage or Antique style ring at a fraction of the cost of a real antique.
We have a complete section of the website devoted to Antique and Vintage rings.
Definitions are often confusing but this section explains the terms used and what to look for when choosing an Antique or Vintage ring. Or a ring from any period for that matter … from the 18th Century onwards – right through to the latter part of the 20th Century. Rings before the Georgian period (early 1700’s) are very rare, while rings from the late 0th Century are becoming very popular.
Choosing and buying an Antique or Vintage Ring for your loved one is a delightful experience. There are some fabulous Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco rings around. As well as designs from other periods.
Nowadays, it is possible to buy a copy of an antique or vintage ring design at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. And don’t forget that there are many “Retro” and “Estate” rings available to buy from the mid to latter part of the 20th Century.
Gemstones, Birthstones, Birthstones Chart
The 4 major gemstones are Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. These are the gemstones that have been valued over the years for their rarity and beauty. These are the gemstones that have been used down through the ages in all kinds of jewelry – rings, necklaces, pendants and so on.
However, the full list of precious and semi=precious stones is much longer and encompasses a wide range of colors; we provide a description of some 30 precious and semi-precious stones.
Each of these gemstones has its characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Some of these stones are natural stones and come in a range of colors. Some stones are heat treated to bring out the beauty of the stone.
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 a ring – or your loved one’s birthstone for her/his ring. You can even combine both your Birthstones in a single ring.
Go to our Website Directory for information on Gemstones and Birthstones.
See our Birthstone Chart to see which gemstone is your own birthstone. You can then compare the gemstone traditionally associated with your Birth Month with the gemstone associated with your Zodiac Sign – your Zodiac Birthstone.
Usually, these are not the same. That means you get to choose the gemstone that you prefer as “your own” gemstone.
Although the 4 major gemstones diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires – tend to get most of the attention, there are some wonderful gemstones available nowadays – amethyst, topaz, turquoise, garnet … all in wonderful colors.
Plus, there is a wide range of colored diamonds for you to choose from: black diamonds, blue diamonds, pink diamonds, yellow diamonds, champagne diamonds, chocolate diamonds.
Nowadays, it is possible to do all your jewelry shopping online. You can choose your own diamond or gemstone, its quality, its shape and its cut – as well as your desired metal and the setting you prefer.
Rings with Love is here to help you choose your ring. There is information on different types of ring. We have also created our own hand-picked selection of the very best of the rings currently available … rings for women, men’s rings, rings for couples … just rings, rings and more rings.