The Story of the Ring
Rings are powerful body ornaments. J.R.R. Tolkien, splendidly illustrates that in his The Lord of the Rings stories - the power rings exert on people and that they have a personality of their own. For thousands of years, man and woman from tribes to large cities have been wearing them for a variety of reasons, some for beauty and vanity and some for power. In medieval Europe, signet rings have been used by nobles and kings to sign correspondence by printing their family emblem on hot lacquer. Rings have been used as ID badges letting others know that you belonged to a certain family, or had specific professional credentials; or your level of education; or was a spiritual leader; or that you're married. And without a doubt, even today rings reveal who we are.
Of all jewelry ornaments, rings are in a class of their own. As I jewelry maker, I noticed people tend to feel comfortable spending their money buying them. Somehow rings have special value to them compared to other jewelry items. They think of it as an investment or a valuable that represent them, or they will leave it as an inheritance. Or maybe they think others will remember them when they are gone because the ring is the last item representing them.
"A ring will still be there after we're gone from this world"
Rings will last for hundreds of years as long as they are well made and resilient, at some point someone will melt them into something else or not. But in most cases they will be sold and reused until they are worn out and gone.
But what I think is most interesting quality of rings is that every family has a story about a ring. Not only a story but also conflict and passion, the outcome not always a good thing. Rings hold so many emotions into mankind's psych.
My family has two ring stories that cause people not to speak with each other for the rest of their lives. This is so sad. In this case the ring showed its evil power.The story and it's details are too convoluted to tell in this post but let's just sumarize that the each side wanted and claimed the ring belonged to them. Both rings with a stone in it.
My wife's family also has a story about a ring. When my father in law passed away, one of the sons believed he was to inherit father's ring as he claimed his father had promised, but the other siblings got into a fight about.
What is interesting to note is these fierce disputes are not over a vast sum of money but a fight for the the sentimental and emotional value of the ring.
Do you have a ring story in your family?