During the Middle Ages, rings became popular. Rings were worn by all classes of people from the poorest to the richest. Rings were usually made of iron, copper, silver and gold. It wasn't until around the 14th century that faceted black opal direct in rings appeared.
Some cultures usually have connected rings. Cultures such as Native Americans use silver and turquoise in their australian opal rings. Early Christians used the Greek symbol Icthus, which resembles a fish.
One of the most famous is the Irish Claddagh, which also has an interesting story. Richard Joyce was part of the crew of a fishing boat from the village of Claddagh in Ireland that was captured, he was to be married that same week. During slavery, Richard Joyce became a goldsmith by trade. She did not even marry during the years of captivity. Richard Joyce created a ring for his love with a heart for love, a crown for fidelity and two hands.
After Joyce escaped captivity, he returned to the Claddagh village and was overjoyed to see his love again and that she had never married. He gave her a ring that became known as the Claddagh ring. If the Claddagh is worn on the right hand with the crown inward (toward the wrist), the heart is not yet involved. If worn on the right hand with the crown facing outwards, the wearer is indebted to someone. Finally, if worn on the left hand with the crown facing out, it means "May our love and friendship reign forever, never to be separated."
Rings are given as a reward for a job well done, such as winning the Super Bowl.
They are given to represent commitment as in engagements and marriages. Women religious also wear rings as a sign of their commitment to God.
Rings can now be made from almost any material. They can be made of plastic, silver, gold or copper, even wood. They can have a simple design or something as intricate as filigree.
They can be plain and simple, or they can be decorated with gems or gems, as in the case of natural stone rings. There is a stone for each month of the year and each has its own meaning. See listing below.
January - Garnet - gem of faith and truth; protects against poisons believed to stop bleeding, cure blood diseases and infections.
February - Amethyst - helps soldiers in battle, controls evil thoughts, helps hunters catch animals and helps the owner to be good in business.
March - Aquamarine - sailors used aquamarine on gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness. It gives its wearer courage, foresight and courage
It is the ultimate gift of love. In 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring, starting the tradition of giving diamonds as engagement rings.
May - Emerald - Sharpened the sight and mind of the wearer. Travelers used them as protection against the dangers of long journeys. The color green is said to give the owner the power to predict the future.
June - pearl - freshwater pearls give the power of love, money, protection and happiness. They are said to impart wisdom through experience and protect children from harm.
July - Ruby - Its red color is associated with sex, passion, strength, health, physical energy, courage and protection.
August - Peridot - Believed to bring happiness, peace and success to the wearer. His powers include health, protection, and sleep. Attracts love, calms anger, relieves anxiety and negative emotions
September - Saphire - His powers include spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. It is said to help in the treatment of rheumatism, colic and mental illness
October - mens opal ring- Has healing powers that aid inner beauty, faithfulness and vision. It also helps in remembering past lives.
November - Yellow Topaz (Sanskrit for fire) - In the Middle Ages, it was thought to cure physical and mental ailments and prevent death. Citrine - also for November - Helps the kidneys, heart, liver, digestive tract and muscles. It promotes creativity, personal clarity and removes self-destructive tendencies.
December - Blue Topaz (Sanskrit for fire) - In the Middle Ages, it was thought to cure physical and mental illness and prevent death. Turquoise - also for December - Attracts money, success and love. It provides protection, healing, courage, friendship and happiness. It relaxes the mind and mental tension.
There are school rings, engagement rings, wedding rings, friendship rings, and mom rings (usually her children's stones set on a band. Rings can range in price from fifty cents (usually found in slot machines you see in stores) to thousands of dollars and more or even higher.