Since ancient times, rings have been symbols of magic. In Tolkien’s world a ring provides enough power to rule the entire universe. Uncountable are the legends about rings that held powers such as to bring the wearer eternal love, to make one beautiful or to protect against injury. Often these rings were gifts from legendary creatures such as elves, fairies, dwarves or helpful animals. In most cases, the ring was set with a precious stone. The Duke of Burgundy (fifteenth century) possessed a ring with a stone that could detect poison.People used to think that precious stones were the real source of the power, not surprisingly: the beauty of gemstones has fascinated people for centuries.
Dating from the early middle ages is the story off Charlemagne and his wife Fastrada, whom he loved dearly. Charlemagne was having dinner in his palace when a snake dropped a precious gem in his drink and vanished. Charlemagne admired the gem and had the stone set in a ring he offered to his wife. From then on he was even more in love and loved in return. They both seemed enchanted by the powers of the ring.
Sassi has developed a magic ring, not so much because we got hold of a precious stone thanks to the help of a snake, but because we are entranced by the ingenious example of a ring from the 17th century that unfolds into a miniature armillary sphere, used to show the movement of the planets around the sun. Our magical ring comes in two versions. The plain version might also serve as a wedding band, we have had some requests for this already. The version with the stone has a rutile quartz cabochon stone, with its typical golden needles trapped inside the stone. When not worn as a ring, it can be used as a pendant. Please click here or here to have a look.