The magic of Gemstone Rings
The first rings that were made did not have any gemstones at all. These were silver, gold or copper rings in a flat or rounded style. The belief in the magic of gemstones eventually led to including them in rings. Today’s rings are not only beautiful but downright magical. A few examples of gemstone rings follow.
*Birthstone Rings: It is believed that there is a gemstone that represents every month in the year and is thus related to a zodiac sign. Gemstone rings with a birthstone are supposed to bring good luck and ward off evil.
*Anniversary Rings: Similar to birthstones, anniversary rings are made for each year of marriage. The second year of marriage is represented by the garnet gemstone, the tenth year by a diamond ring and so on.
*Family Birthstone Rings: These are a special category of gemstone rings where, each ring has the birthstone of all the members of the family. In cases where members of a family are spread in geographically far off places, family birth stone rings provide a kind of spiritual bonding.
*Wedding and Engagement Rings: The engagement ring is almost always a gemstone ring with diamonds adding accent to it. Made on a comparatively higher budget, gemstone rings for engagements use gemstones like rubies, sapphires, emeralds etc. Wedding rings are made as gemstone rings in a few countries, however most people prefer simple gold or silver bands for wedding rings. The more exotic gemstone rings are created as engagement rings.
(6) Religious and Mythological Rings: A classic example of such a gemstone ring is the ‘navratna’ ring that is prominent in Hindu mythology. The ring comprises of 9 gemstones, each with a special power of it’s own. Thai mythology also has a gemstone ring called the ‘nok-phak-kow’ ring that has 9 gemstones.
The construction of a beaded toe ring
Not all rings are made of metal. For those people who like to do crafts, wire and string are excellent materials for making rings. There are as many ways to make a beaded ring, as there are toes to wear one. The method described here is the simplest. Your material list includes 2 crimp beads, nylon cord (monofilament fishing line), a primary bead or even more than one, a sufficient number of smaller or seed beads. All of these supplies can be purchased at any craft shop. Should you decide to make several then you should also purchase a crimping tool. This gives the finished work a much better appearance.
To ensure the correct size, wrap the line around your toe, then cut an additional inch off. It is best to make the first ring a simple one only to get the basic idea in place. If you are using crimping pliers, you will notice that there are two holes when the jaws are closed. To close a crimp properly, first use the hole nearest the handle. This will result in a u-shaped bead. Then, slide the crimp pliers over this bead such that the opening between the u is facing the center or hinge of the pliers and use the smaller hole near the front of the jaws. This time when squeezed, the bead will be very secure.
Place one crimp bead on the line but do not crimp it. Put on one larger bead for the center or crown bead. Follow this with several of the small seed beads. Repeat this until you have enough to circle your toe loosely (this allows room for it to slide over your knuckle). Put another crimp bead on. Run the ends through the crimp beads on either side of the crown bead. Crimp both crimp beads.