The Story of the Ring
Rings are powerful body ornaments. Beautifully illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Lord of the Rings - rings exert a special power on people and have a personality of their own. For thousands of years, man and woman from tribes to elites have worn them for a variety of reasons, for beauty and vanity and power.
In medieval Europe, signet rings have been used by nobles and kings to sign correspondence 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 themselves, or something they will leave it as an inheritance. Maybe they think others will remember them when they are gone because the ring will be there long after they pass away.
Making rings too means the same to me. I feel that the rings I make will be around long after I too pass away.
"A ring will still be there after we're gone from this world"
Rings will last for hundreds of years if they are well made and resilient, at some point someone will melt them into something else or maybe not. But in most cases, they will be sold and reused until they are worn out and gone.
But the most interesting quality of a ring is that every family has a story to tell and it involves a ring. Stories of conflict and passion, with a not so good outcome. 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 summarize 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 sentimental and emotional value the ring possesses.
Do you have a ring story in your family?