Amidst the Romans, rings were a status of social hierarchy. Further revolutionising the concept of rings, the Roman civilisation is thought to have given birth to the customs of betrothal rings, or engagement rings - essentially symbolising a promise of marriage.
“The purpose of rings evolved to either adornment or as a symbol of marital fidelity.”
This ring forms part of a collection of 154 gems bequeathed to the V&A by the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend, a cleric and poet. Sir A. H. Church gave additional specimens in 1913. He also compiled the first catalogue Precious Stones: A Guide to the Townshend Collection. The first edition appeared in 1883. The stones are mounted as rings, although they may not have been intended to be worn. Some stones in the collection, including this Opal were acquired from the H.P. Hope collection, home of the famous Hope Diamond.
The most popular category of rings, a symbol of love, a jewel that marks the precious moments of life, the beginning of a forever bond.Engagement and bridal rings have had historic mentions, stories from the famous and royal. And they gained cinematic attention like no other jewelry category. We can all agree to hearts melting to those incredibly perfect proposals on the silverscreen!
1.2. A Signet
The ring, which is more than 175 years old, is the official signet of the Prince of Wales. Before Prince Charles, it was last worn by King Edward VIII when he was still Prince of Wales. Since his marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles has added a wedding band to his little finger, in a stacked fashion. The Duchess of Cornwall also wears a signet ring on the little finger of her left hand to prove that it isn’t just what has been referred to as the ‘gentleman’s ring’.
Signet rings were used to authenticate important correspondence. Traditionally, a family crest is engraved in reverse on the bezel of the ring (although initials, letters and monograms are also popular). This allows one to wax signature seal correspondence with one’s family mark.
By dipping the signet ring into hot wax or soft clay, it leaves a distinct seal that was once considered to be more official than that of a signature.
Image:A Vogue cover from 1925 showing the iconic fashion and pearls
Here are a few instances to prove the statement.
- The ‘ring’ finger
- The ‘pinky’ or ‘index’ finger
- The ‘middle’ finger