The Magic of Three - Interlocked Rings
Why is number 3 considered to be the magic number? In addition to being a lucky number for some, the 'rule of three' is found in many areas of life including language and design. Russian Wedding Rings or Trinity Interlocking Bands are a great example of the success of the rule of three in jewellery design; but why? And what do they mean?
What is a Russian Wedding Ring?
Russian rings are usually made as triple bands, but they can also be made with more or less bands. Three band rings are also known as Trinity Bands, Russian Trio Jewellery, Rolling Rings, Triple Rolling Rings, Russian Wedding Rings or Russian Wedders. Three individual bands are shaped and permanently interlocked to be worn as a single ring. The timeless, comfortable design works with antique and contemporary jewellery and the interlocking technique is also used to create fabulous Russian bangles.
As a comfortable ring they are also worn as the 'everyday wedding ring' especially with one of the bands set with diamonds, however trinity rings are not just wedding rings; they can be worn to tell all sorts of stories about family, friends or individuals.
Why Do We Say: "Things Come in Threes"?
Human brains look for patterns. We are constantly searching for meaning and relationships and 3 is the smallest number required to be able to see a pattern. Things grouped in three seem natural or complete and the "rule of three" is powerfully used in language, stories and messages too, think of Work, Rest & Play, Stop, Look & Listen or any of the stories told by Triple Band Rings.
Russian Band Meanings
As with all jewellery, the meaning is made by the wearer or the gift giver and there are as many stories as there are ring wearers but a few of the most popular are:
- Past, Present & Future
- Then, Now & Forever
- Faith, Hope & Charity
- Body, Mind & Spirit
- The Holy Trinity
- Interconnectedness and Never Ending Love
These days with the popularity of personalised jewellery, triple band rings are also worn to represent loved ones, friends and family and may tell a very personal story.
Metal Combination Symbolism
Russian Bands can be made in sterling silver, 9ct or 18ct Yellow, Rose or White gold or platinum or two or three tones of gold to create a tricolour effect. The popular combination of different precious metals began in Russia in the 19th Century with Wedding Rings.
Three tone rings have a band of Yellow, Rose and White gold, but three band rings can also be made in two tone, with 2 x yellow bands and 1 x white band... or any combination you can think of!
The metal choice can also tell a story. Yellow Gold can represent strength, loyalty or fidelity, White Gold can stand for enduring friendship or flexibility and Rose Gold symbolises true love. Antique rings made with three bands in two golds were also said to represent the sun god (white gold) and the moon god (yellow gold).
Customising Russian Rings
In addition to choosing the size, band width and metal, custom made triple band rings can also be personalised by having a band set with birthstones, diamonds or engraved with names, dates and meaningful words to say "we are together".
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