Rings have long been worn for religious significance since ancient times.
Presented here is a rare, Georgian example of a decade or rosary ring. Fashioned in 10k yellow gold and diamonds, ten small knobs are interspersed evenly along the ring's outer edge.
Each is silver, raised and tipped with an old mine cut diamond. Each one representing a procession of prayers to be recited as you move your finger from one to the next.
At the center a cross of the crucifix is reserved for praying the Our Father and this is set with rose cut diamonds.
Similar to a rosary, this form of ring was first developed back at a time when the practice of Catholicism was considered a crime. One could certainly not carry something as identifiable as a rosary. But one could have a ring for the same purpose, with no one else the wiser.
A photo from the book, "British Rings", by Charles Oman is provided for historical context showing three similar rings.
Note: It is interesting to note that, like this ring, were designed to be uncomfortable or at least something that you would notice frequently. The silver knobs sit up quite high (for a ring) and are a reminder of your devotion and commitment to faith.
Box shown for illustration purposes, but all purchases come with a handmade Italian gift box and satin bow.