Pearl Ring: The ‘Stone of Sincerity’ Wrapped Around Your Finger
A ring is around band that is worn around the fingers. They are usually made of metals and are set with gemstones like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, emeralds, etc. or with other types of stones, metals, and glass.
Rings are usually worn around the fourth digit of the left hand which is referred to as the ‘ring finger.’ Rings are the insignia of marriage because, in many parts of the world, it’s customary to exchange wedding rings. Until the discovery of diamond in the 19th century, pearl rings were most popularly used as engagement rings.
How are pearls made?
There are many myths and folktales related to the formation of pearls. According to a Chinese legend, pearls fell from the sky when dragons fought in the clouds.
Natural pearls are formed when a parasite or microbe gets inside the shell of an oyster, mussel or clam. As a defense mechanism, fluid layers are deposited over the irritant which gradually forms a lustrous material called ‘nacre. The nacre is processed into pearls. Cultured pearls are formed when an irritant is artificially induced under the shells of mussels.
Types of rings
There are many types and styles of rings available. Here are a few:
- Band – plain and simple. It may have letter carvings or gemstones set on it.
- Claddagh Ring – it features two hands holding a crowned heart.
- Cluster Ring- Many gemstones are clubbed together in a particular arrangement.
- Engagement Ring – As the name suggests, this ring is traditionally given to a woman by her fiancé as a symbol of commitment to marry her.
- Eternity Band – The band is uniform in width and is set with one or two rows of continuous gemstones.
- Solitaire Ring – It holds a single gemstone.
There are many settings and cuts of rings like the princess cut, emerald cut, oval cut, etc. The pinky ring (worn in the little finger) is one of the trendiest styles of rings in the world right now.
The symbolism of Pearl Rings
Pearl rings symbolize purity, elegance, wealth and perfection. They are also known to balance one’s karma and also keep the wearer’s mind calm and composed. Pearls are rare and have thus never lost their importance in the field of jewelry-making.