Handcrafted rings: history, types and meanings
Rings have been known as long as humanity. It is usually a band made of various materials, but most commonly this piece of handmade jewelry is made of various metals (precious and non-precious) as gold, silver, coper, bronze and steel. Modern trends are rings made of leather or plastic, stone, glass, wood, gemstones, etc. They are easy to make and rather cost effective.
Types of handcrafted rings
The rings can be plain, decorated and ornamented. The plain ring is a piece of flat metal or other materials without any decorations and engravings. Such rings are commonly used for weddings. By tradition, wedding rings are commonly made of gold, but if you do not want to follow traditions and crave for innovations in your life you can order custom unique silver rings. What can be more intimate to start a married life with than unusual rings made on your order and with a design specifically developed for your life and personality. These are perfect rings for engravings and personalization.
Decorated rings are also made of metal and other traditional materials but with certain decorative elements added. Standard decorative elements are gems, stones, pieces of metal of other color. Our store offers a wide choice of decorative rings. However our rings refer to pagan culture and present certain meaning. For example, you can choose rings with perun cross symbol, rings with Svitovit symbol or rings with Thor's Hammer. They are all made from sterling silver.
Warning! Our store does not sell mass produced rings. All of the items are handcrafted and unique.
Ornamented rings are the items made of metal (our store offers only handmade sterling silver rings) with certain ornaments and engravings on the outer surface of the ring. One of the best example of such rings is the ring with Triquetra symbol:
Our store offers handmade rings of all types. The crown jewel of our collection is unusual rings referring to pagan, viking and celtic culture. We offer the widest choice of animal jewelry rings as dragon claw or dragon paw and others:
Rings are commonly subjects of many superstitions and beliefs. This band without end and beginning has always had the most personal and intimate meaning for its owner. Unlike other pieces of handcrafted jewelry serving to other goals and functions, the ring has been a decorative item only from the very beginning. It also has performed a communicative function revealing teh status of its wearer to society.
The history handmade silver rings
The first mentions of rings used as jewelry and body decorations date back to 6000 years before present. However it is impossible to track the history of establishment of a custom of wearing and exchanging rings.
Rings were discovered in Hittite civilization, ancient Egypt, archaic and classical Greek, Rome Empire and other cultures and civilizations.
Does it worth mentioning that the first rings were only handmade. Ancient people used metal, wood, stones, bones and other natural materials for ring production.
Due to a small size the evidences of rings application in ancient times are hard to detect. Ancient engravings and pictures are worn out with time and such minute details are hard to be detected.
Though rings could have existed as early as the first humans, but ancient people used natural materials vulnerable to external factors. Such rings could not have survived till novadays to be estimated and checked.
The earliest mentions of rings date back Sumarian cultures in Mesopotamia of the 3rd millennium BC.
How to choose unusual rings?
Many customers ask a question how to choose unique silver rings online? Most of the handmade rings do not agree with the standard sizes of rings according ISO and your measurements. Our masters strictly keep to the standards and produce unusual silver rings exactly fitting the standard sizes. However, if you choose among unusual rings with raven feathers or ring with wolf, still we recommend to choose an exact size. But there are cases when decorative elements trouble te fitting of a ring onto your finger.
In order to choose a perfect handmade ring we recommend:
- to find out what your actual size is
- compare the size of the ring on our website. All of the sizes are indicated according US standards.
- if you still face troubles with choosing a proper size, please, feel free to contact us, and our managers will help you to make a choice.
Unique handmade rings or mass produced ones?
If you buy unique rings from our store you will get a really exclusive thing as our masters do not produce same rings. Most people still choose mass produced brand rings. However if you will look at two mass produced rings you will not be able to distinguish your ring from another one. If you crave for real uniqueness, then your choice is sterling silver ring. Handmade silver rings are perfect choice for those who crave for identity and not for show off.
Our online store offers the greatest choice of Viking rings, celtic rings and pagan jewelry which apart from being a nice decoration, but a protective sign which is believed to provide you inner powers from ancient gods and natural powers as air or sun.