Popes, Hobbits, Superheroes, and You: Make Rings to Celebrate Milestones and Every Day
Rings have always been my favorite type of jewelry to own and wear. For that reason, they're the jewelry I make most often, too (possibly tied with earrings). Though rings generally need to be a particular size, which can be challenging (unless you create adjustable rings), I still think they are the most fun to make.
|Eva Sherman's wire rings|
Along with bracelets, rings are the only jewelry you can really see on yourself and enjoy while you wear it. Plus, they can be such gorgeous stunners! Big bold cocktail rings are loads of fun to wear and make great conversation starters. I've worn my flower ring pretty much every day since I made it, and hardly a day goes by that someone doesn't comment on it. I made one for a dear friend last year, and now I love it when she wears it around me, because I can see it as folks have seen it on me all these years.
Rings can also be the most meaningful of jewelry, representing big accomplishments and special occasions. Tiffany & Co. created an entire line of rings called Celebration Rings, meant to be treats that celebrate special wins in life–goals met, a new job, a promotion. And speaking of those famous little blue boxes, among the most meaningful of all rings are engagement rings, which show the world that you are loved oh-so-much and soon to be wed, and wedding bands that tell the world you are taken!
|Noël Yovovich's wedding ring
There are many other kinds of unmistakable and symbolic rings. Class rings show you've graduated and were part of a particular group at a particular school. Signet rings and fraternal rings represent brotherhoods of men, and Super Bowl rings provide years of ultimate bragging rights for football players. (And btw, how funny is it that the tough sport's ultimate prize is a piece of jewelry? Love that.) There's The Pope's ring and thousands of years worth of coronation rings, poison rings, decoder rings, and royal wedding rings. I bet many of you remember what Princess Diana's sapphire engagement ring looked like.
Pinky rings and stack rings have had their turns in fashion trends, along with cocktail rings and so many other ring styles. Mother's rings display birthstones of a family full of siblings. So many occasions, achievements, statuses, and clubs are represented by rings. And have you ever stopped to think about how many important or symbolic roles rings play in our society and in pop culture? There's J.R.R. Tolkien's "one ring to rule them all" and Wonder Woman's "violet power ring of love."
|Helen Driggs' one-hour rings
The Flash keeps his costume in his ring, The Green Lantern has a powerful ring, and the Legion of Super Heroes all have Flight Rings that allow them to fly and communicate. In other pop culture, there's the ring to be kissed in The Godfather, the ring with the Resurrection Stone that becomes a horcrux in the Harry Potter books, Dr. Evil's ring in Austin Powers, and of course, The Thing had his ThingRing! I could go on and on. I always thought the Wonder Twins bumped rings to activate their powers, but I learned while researching this blog that they just did a fist bump. Boo. I prefer to think they had power rings.
If you're as in love with rings as I am, you'll also love our kit for this month–rings! What could make our most meaningful rings even more special than making them by hand? In our exclusive ring-making collection, you'll receive instructional resources (three ring-making DVDs and an issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist) as well as a bonus ring mandrel and rawhide mallet perfect for forming rings on the mandrel. All of that in one fabulous bundle at a fabulous price! Order your ring-making collection and enjoy making rings for all the meaningful and fun occasions in your year.
Can you think of other famous rings? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!