As elegant and fashionable accessories, rings are essential elements of any outfit. However, throughout human history, they have not only served as jewellery but also as insignia, means of payment or status symbols. Made of gold or silver or set with diamonds or precious stones, rings are an integral part of many rituals, such as engagements or weddings, but they are also popular gifts.



Rings: Small Jewellery for the Fingers With Great Charisma

Rings may be small, but together with necklaces, earrings, brooches, and bracelets, they make a perfect jewellery selection. Rings can complete the look of other jewellery pieces and add a special touch to an outfit. A ring is a very discreet piece of jewellery, but it can have great charisma. That is why rings have a long tradition in human history. The oldest finds of this finger jewellery are said to be over 20,000 years old. Initially, rings were made of natural materials such as bone, wood or stone, and later metals such as bronze, iron, glass, gold and silver and various precious stones were added. Rings for special occasions, such as an engagement ring or a wedding ring, often use luxurious materials such as platinum or diamonds. You can buy rings made of high-quality materials and in elegant designs here at ars mundi.

Rings and Their Meanings: Pieces of Jewellery, Insignia, Means of Payment

Rings are not only trendy fashion accessories, but they have also fulfilled a wide variety of functions throughout cultural history. For example, in many cultures, they served as a means of payment or exchange. Even before the establishment of coinage, transactions were conducted with so-called "ring money". Certain rings are also inextricably linked with many rituals or ceremonies. These certainly include engagement rings and wedding rings. At weddings, wedding rings are exchanged as proof of eternal love and fidelity. The signet ring served a special function. It was originally worn to seal documents. Since this was only allowed to certain authorities, the signet ring always signalled a certain social and political status and power. Today, the signet ring has lost this practical use and is primarily worn to indicate membership in a certain social group. There are many other contexts in which rings are of great importance. For example, in the clergy, they are used to indicate hierarchy. For example, only the Pope, as head of the Catholic Church, wears the so-called ring of the fisher. Moreover, abbots, bishops, cardinals, nuns, and religious sisters wear the rings awarded to them as insignia. However, they can also be awarded as distinctions. For example, the city of Goslar annually awards the "Goslaer Kaiserring" to contemporary artists. In the USA, the "Super Bowl Ring" is a popular trophy awarded by the National Football League (NFL) to the players of the winning team of the final game. In addition, the small pieces of jewellery often served and still serve as a status symbol for both men and women. For a long time, probably since antiquity, rings were reserved for the upper classes, who expressed their social status and wealth with these precious pieces of jewellery. Even today, rings can reveal information about the wearer. A diamond ring or an emerald ring, for example, always signals a certain wealth.

Buy Rings at ars mundi

With a ring from ars mundi, you always wear a little work of art on your finger. The rings you can buy in the ars mundi online shop are ranging from discreet to glamorous. In our selection of contemporary jewellery, you will find various designs - from geometric and abstract ornaments to playful little motifs such as flowers, leaves or animals. The rings are made of a wide variety of materials and thus offer variety and diversity. For example, some finger rings combine different coloured metals that shine particularly brightly with silver and gold plating. Rings with a diamond or with attached pearls and gemstones get additional shine. Many of the rings you can buy at ars mundi are handmade and, therefore, very individual unique pieces.