Monthly Archives: July 2012

Waiting for the ring

There will never be enough of shoes and accessories in a wardrobe of a lady. Is there anyone who could contradict? I don’t think so. It is a privilege, necessity and a pleasure for ladies (as well as for men) to perk up. Everyone who has at least a tiny sense of style can play with accessories and surprise with a new look each time. My favourite of all the accessories is a ring. Does it mean that I am waiting for an engagement ring from my one and only? Or does it mean that I’m seeking for power and fame?

The history of ring has started in the ancient Egypt. Already back then it was believed that the “artery of love” begins at the ring-finger and goes straight to the heart. That is why the wedding band is worn on this particular finger. The more luxurious and fancy the ring – the better it was. The tradition of giving a ring to the partner on the wedding day originated in the Ancient Greece. The iron or bronze ring used to be a symbol of the strength of marital ties. The emergence of Christianity didn’t manage to supplant this tradition and the wedding band exchange is now known as one of the main sacraments of the Church. A bishops or higher-ranking priests also used to wear rings, which used to be either of authority for clerics or as some other special religious symbol. Such religious rings were called Episcopal rings. Signet rings used to show the dependence to some particular family or organization. Even the kings or generals used to wear rings as symbols of power, authority and strong arms. Signet rings might bear a family coat of arms, and it therefore can be used to imprint a wax seal. Some signet rings have engraved initials of the wearer and can are known as an initial rings. Therefore, the ring is not just a sign of style and fashion it is also a special in its meaning decoration.

Signet ringsEpiscopal rings

There are a lot of types of rings designed for different occasions, indicating some particular profession or estate or simply different in their texture, size and decorations. Engagement rings are usually solitaire rings with the diamond gemstones and are given as a sign for a woman by a man to meaning her engagement to be married. Wedding rings are also called wedding bands are presented in a marriage ceremony and signifies marital commitment. Wedding bands unlike the engagement rings are worn by both partners. Toe rings are mostly worn by Indian women who are married, however, nowadays this type of rings is becoming more and more popular among young ladies around the world.

Engagement rings

Wedding bands

There are also some interesting types of rings such as purity rings, worn as symbols of virginity, poison rings, having a hidden container, usually in a bezel, with poison in it. There are also cocktail rings, which became popular around ninety forties and ninety fifties, and were worn when going to cocktail parties. You can tell cocktail ring by the single oversized stone and surrounding tiny stones. Cocktail rings, cluster rings or dinner rings are the same type of rings – with a large centre gemstone it makes a perfect final touch to an overall look.

Cocktail rings

Massive rings are my weakness. It doesn’t really matter if it has a green, blue or black inlaid stone or is it a huge flower, lips, cherries, owl, skull or other figurine. It can be either square, oval or triangle in shape, decorated with sparkles and glitters or with a tiny mirrors or paintings – it doesn’t matter. I love all the massive rings. The most important for me – it should be seen from far away. And although I sometimes try really hard to match it with my overall look, it sometimes happens that the ring simply drops out of the context. But the result is then even better!

In case you are not afraid of risks, try wearing two massive rings on one hand simultaneously – you will definitely get noticed.

Want to kill two birds with one stone? Not literary of course and without using your ring with the stone 🙂 If you say yes then try wearing a double finger ring. These are two rings connected into one ring and worn on two fingers. Every time I see such ring it reminds me of Snoop Dogg and a recent story with rapper 2 Chainz, who was arrested by the security at the LaGuardia airport for having a four-finger ring in his Louis Vuitton bag 🙂 It was suspected to be a brass knuckles, which might be used as a weapon.

Double finger rings

If you are not too keen on wearing massive rings, there are still plenty of options for you. Decorate your fingers with subtle and interesting rings – either with a small but bright eye, a shiny little bow, leather flower or with your initials. Maybe you would love having a ring wrapped around your finger as a snake or a leaf? It can cover your whole finger as well as cover only the part up to the first joint of your finger. A few parts of the ring connected with a chain look even more unique and gives you a look of a saucy girl.

Still haven’t found your type of ring? There is one more type I want to mention. Wear a multiple rings on one finger. It will create an especially subtle look. The ring doesn’t necessarily have to be of the same kind, but it should somehow complement the other ring. Celebrities love mixing and matching different rings on the same finger. It’s your choice whether it will be different ornaments, stones or colours.

Multiple rings

The ring topic is inexhaustible, the variety of their shapes, designs and styles is immense and there is a great selection for even most whimsical tastes. But let’s just keep it for the future posts 🙂

Yor voice! What kind of rings do you like the most?

Gemstones: Ruby

Rubies are one of the most precious gemstones in the world. It is a second strongest mineral according to the Moh‘s scale after diamond. Chemically ruby gemstone is aluminium oxide having particles of chromium, which is why the colour of ruby is red. Ruby is found in either large pieces or small particles all around the world. Today, the best, brightest, most beautiful and most expensive rubies come from its homeland Myanmar (Burma). The ruby of Myanmar is unique because of its “pigeon blood” colour which ranges from ripe raspberry to blood red. The ruby gemstone is found in Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, US. Ruby gemstone together with diamonds is mostly used in jewellery making. Rough, uncut ruby is relatively easy to get and not too expensive. It is used in crystal-healing.

Meaning of the name and place in history

Ruby gemstone got its name because of its red colour. The gemstone was named by the Greek philosopher Teophrast. In Italy huge bright red transparent ruby gemstones were called carbuncles, while in antiquity it was called anthrax, meaning flaming coal.
Ruby is a symbol of wealth and in Sanskrit “Manikija” means ‘the tsar of colours”. Another name of ruby that is also derived from Sanskrit – “Ratnanaijana” – has a meaning of “the lord of jewels”.

Ruby was recognized as belonging to the corundum species only in 1800. Before this happened, red spinel and red garnet were both also designated as ruby.
The colour of the ruby gemstones is provided by the substance chromium or iron (in case of brownish tones).

Rubies of the enormous size and beauty were also kept in the treasure-houses of Iranian sheikhs. The crown of Jekaterine II was decorated with a pigeon egg size ruby which was given to her as a gift from the king of Sweden Gustav II during his visit to Saint Petersburg in 1777.
Ruby was long known as a gemstone of queens and kings, therefore it was used t decorate the crowns and diadems. Rubies are the gemstones that are mentioned in the Bible and Old Testament most often. According to the Old Testament, God has put ruby, the king of gemstones, on the neck of Aaron.

Real or fake

Biggest rubies yet discovered are Rajaratna ruby which is 2475 ct. and Neelanjali ruby – 1370 ct.
The small inner defects can be removed during heating.
Huge and transparent rubies are as rare as diamonds. However, fancy diamonds are much more expensive. Matt and semi-matt rubies are less valued. Artificial rubies are used in the manufacture of lasers.
Sometimes there are a particles of rutile (titanium oxide) found in rubies, which catches the light and creates hexagonal star. This phenomenon is called ruby stars. Rutile is one of many additions which can change the colour and clarity of the gemstone. These additions help to tell whether the gemstone is real one or fake.

Medical and magical powers of ruby

Since the ancient times ruby was known as a stone having magical properties. The ruby stone is a symbol of the passionate and deep love, wealth and power. This gemstone was used to stop the bleeding, to recreate the memory, to improve concentration, to inject the sparkle, happiness and courage. It is believed that ruby protects from negative energy, physical attacks, anger, envy, and strengthens the person during the quarrels. Ruby gemstone will give its carrier dignity, tenderness, doesn‘t let to be sad or depressed.

In today’s crystalotherapy ruby is recommended as a treat against the blood viral diseases, especially flue, anaemia, paralysis. It strengthens immunity, heart, removes toxines from the organism and raises the blood pressure. Ruby elixir gives blush to the cheeks, eliminates the signs of tiredness from the face.

It is believed that the ruby stone will attract luck and success in love. Men used to give a ring with a flame-red ruby gemstone in order to achieve a mutual love. It was believed that ruby protects its owner from lightning and floods, from intruders, from accidents during horse-riding (the curbs of the horse were decorated with ruby and turquoise gemstones). People, who were afraid that they can be poisoned, believed that submerged in a glass of poisoned drink ruby changes its colour. The magic properties of the ruby stone promised achievements, love and happiness.

Ruby in dreams

To see ruby gemstone in a dream means that the luck will accompany you in work and in love.
If you dream that you get a ruby ring as a gift – the passion will change your life, and even will cause envy to some people around you. This dream could also mean an improved relationship between the family members.
To give ruby as a gift – a warning, indicating that you shouldn’t harm yourself during the split.
To lose jewellery with ruby – you will have to hide your feelings and opinion.
The ruby with a crack – an undeserved insult that will encourage distrust and disbelief.
To swallow the ruby – a wrong way to become famous will make you lose your friends.