Μen’s rings in the ancient Greek world have always been a great inspiration to us! After all, men wearing rings is manly and chic! Men who decide to wear a ring have an interesting story to say about who they are. It is always eye catching to see a man wear a ring regardless his age or style..
From the earliest period of every ancient civilization until today, for a man to wear a ring is a way to communicate with other people in an different level. A ring says something about the character and status of a person from the ancient times until today. It is something like his signature, personal!
Rings and Myths…
This ring wearing custom was incorporated in Greek mythology through the Prometheus myth: Prometheus, despite being doomed by Zeus to be chained for 30,000 years to a rock in the Caucasus mountain for stealing fire from heaven for men, was finally released in a later act of divine mercy. But, because the original punishment could not be undone, he was ordered to wear a link of his iron chain on one of his fingers as a ring, which was “ornamented” with a stone, fragment from the rock. So, the Greeks considered the ring wearing custom as paying homage to Prometheus, while it’s interesting to note that the Spartans -more respectful to the myth- were exclusively using iron to craft them.
The first Greek men’s rings were mostly used as seals by the king or men of the royal court. Soon their use for highlighting prestige and authority was recognised. Yet, the rise of democracy spread their wearing in men of all social activities. Public officials, generals, even philosophers started wearing rings as a sign of both power and pride. Gradually, it became a necessary accessory of the sovereign citizen of the Greek city.
Another purpose that was fulfilled with this custom, was the memory of a happy or prideful event. Odysseus is mentioned to have ordered a ring engraved with a dolphin to celebrate the rescue of his son, Telemachus, by one of these -beloved by the Greek world -creatures of the sea. Victories in the Olympic Games or on the battlefield also became favourite themes that were engraved on Greek men’s rings.
Moreover, due to their widespread use, the art of crafting rings bloomed in the wealthiest of the ancient Greek cities.
The ancient Greek rings were made of various materials, such as gold, silver, iron, ivory, and amber. Additional themes were inspired by Greek mythology, religion and nature. Today, we are inspired by these ancient themes and create unique, extraordinary rings that definately make a statement.
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The Team@SilverTownArt Greek Jewelry Shop