Rings

Rings 

by Gracious Rose

At one point or another, you are going to need to buy a ring of some sort. It may be to tie the knot, give to your mother on Mother's Day, or simply  a holiday gift for a significant other. Whatever ring you need, Gracious Rose, a leading provider of fine jewelry, has you covered.

Historical Development of

Men's Rings

Rings typically adorn a finger and feature metal, plastic, stone, wood, bone, glass, and perhaps gemstones. The custom of rings revolves around wedding ceremonies where the ring represents a circular and everlasting bond of love.

Wedding rings are valued instruments of love, but most people are unaware how this tradition started.

Based on reliable accounts, the timeline of rings has seven hallmarks:

    1. Prehistory: Cavemen used braided grass to make ring-like ornaments for their female counterparts.
    2. Circa 2800 BC: Egyptian Pharaohs wore rings on the third finger of the left hand.
    3. 2nd Century BC: From the accounts of Pliny the Elder, Roman brides interchangeably wore gold and silver rings depending on the event.
    4. 1st Century BC: Sultans and sheiks in Asia used puzzle rings to tag their wives.
    5. 1477: Archduke Maximilian of Austria used a diamond engagement ring to ask for the hand of Mary of Burgundy.
    6. 1700s: Poesy rings boomed in Europe.
    7. 1940s: Engagement rings lead the line of jewelry in most department stores

Today, rings are not just ceremonial; they are important fashion accessories for both men and women.

Rings have come a long way since their first use over 6,000 years ago. Now, men use them to rev up their fashion style!

Rings for Women

In most cultures, jewelry shows status to some degree. Those wearing pure gold jewelry,especially items adorned with diamonds, are typically a bit higher up on the economic and social ladder. The trend of men wearing jewelry has taken off; however, women still drive the jewelry market.

As such, the $39.5 billion worldwide industry of jewelry produces virtually unlimited designs for all preferences.

Particularly, there are different ring types, each with a meaning behind it. Rings are classified into the following:

For Marriage Proposal/Engagement

  • Diamond Rings: Modern engagement rings that signify steadfast and enduring love due to the stone's unmatched strength and beauty.
  • Gold Bands: Symbol of eternity, the wedding band signify's a couples never ending love. 

For Weddings and Anniversaries

  • Gold Rings: The traditional form of the marriage ring exemplifies love, commitment, and fidelity.
  • Platinum Rings: The gift for 20th anniversaries commemorates the enduring love and exclusivity of the husband and wife.

For Fashion

  • Gemstone Rings: Highly customizable accessories with virtually endless possibilities.
  • Right Hand Rings: Fashion accessories depicting self-reliance and confidence.
  • Pearl Rings: Classic engagement bands that embody the values of modesty, chastity, and purity.

For Gifting

  • Mother Rings: This jewelry given on Mother's Day features birthstones and represents the inseparable bond between mother and child.

Custom Rings 

by Gracious Rose

Few people have experience differentiating high-quality jewelry from cheap knockoffs, hence why then end up paying more for less.

Thanks to Gracious Rose, the most comprehensive online provider of designer and custom-made pieces, you have over 4,000 exquisite jewelry pieces to consider. You can never go wrong with that many options!

Show your appreciation for someone you care about with a ring today. With over 14 years of jewelry expertise, Gracious Rose is your best choice!

References:

http://www.sheknows.com/love-and-sex/articles/1018255/what-it-means-to-wear-a-right-hand-ring

http://www.time4me.com/card/anniversary/main.htm

http://www.metallixrefining.com/the-cultural-significance-of-gold-silver-and-platinum/

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