Types of Rings and Meanings

by Kate Reid
February 16, 2018 / Jewellery Buying Guide

Jewellery is considered to be one of the most sentimental possessions. A special piece of jewellery holds memories, represents someone close to you or symbolises a significant time in your life. It is something you share moments in time with and can be passed on from generation to generation.

It is no wonder then that some of life’s greatest moments traditionally have pieces of jewellery to represent them. The most common being the engagement and wedding ring, symbolising the eternal love and commitment between two people.

The Eternity Ring

An eternity ring is often the third ring to complete the wedding ring set. There is no set time as to when this ring should be given, but it is commonly given on the first anniversary or the birth of a couple’s first child. Traditionally, an eternity ring will be fully set with all the way around with diamonds. However, this is not essential, many come up with their own design or choose to create a ring identical to their wedding ring.

The Promise Ring

The promise ring, although not as common as it once was, still has its place for many. It represents a promise of commitment between two people and will be given before they take the next step of engagement.

Cocktail Rings

Cocktail/dress rings became a sign of status in the 1920s. They surged in popularity during the prohibition period when underground cocktail parties were thriving, women dressed up and wore these extravagant rings as a sign of rebellion and personality. The bigger the better was the general rule and there were no creative restraints. Cocktail rings feature large centre coloured gemstones or diamonds which are often surrounded by smaller gemstones. They have continued to be popular throughout the years, with some of the most fabulous examples seen on the red carpets of Hollywood.

The Friendship Ring

A friendship ring is gifted between two people to symbolise their special bond. Although most friendship rings are usually fairly simple in design, there really are no set guidelines. You can be as restrained or creative as you wish, they’re often designed to represent the history of the relationship.

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