Diamond wishbone rings have a beautiful ‘V’ shape on the top of the band. They’re usually worn as wedding rings, anniversary gifts or simply as attractive accessories. But why are they this shape? Which way up should you wear them? And what does it mean if you wear a wishbone ring?
Here are 6 facts about wishbone rings to help you decide if it’s the right ring for you…
The concept of a “wishbone” goes all the way back to the 4th century and the Roman Empire. Two people would pull on a turkey wishbone, and the one left with the “V” was believed to have a wish come true.
Today, the wishbone superstition is still very much alive, in particular in the USA where wishbone pulling is still a popular custom at Thanksgiving.
As a consequence, wishbones have become a popular shape for amulets and charms.
The Victorians loved symbolic jewellery. Their designs often featured gemstones, shapes and colours with a hidden meaning.
Therefore, it’s easy to see why the wishbone would capture their imaginations. During the late 1900’s Victorian jewellers translated the wishbone “V” shape from amulets to rings.
These small, personal pieces of jewellery held deep romantic personal meaning to their wearer and became an instant hit with fashion-conscious ladies of the time.
Many people still wear wishbone rings simply because they believe them to act as lucky charms.
For this reason, they are often used as wedding rings or given as gifts on important birthdays and anniversaries.
When set with diamonds, the most durable substance known to man, they symbolise luck that lasts forever.
The wishbone shape easily accommodates a solitaire or halo engagement ring alongside it, so it’s the ideal wedding band.
If you combine an engagement ring with a normal straight wedding band, the diamond on your engagement ring may scratch the wedding band, leaving marks.
Your ring could also sit skewiff or feel uncomfortable if your engagement ring has a very large setting. A wishbone ring prevents this from happening because it fits around an engagement ring perfectly.
Some people believe that wishbone rings should be worn pointing a certain way up. But this, in fact, is not true. They can be worn pointing in any direction.
If worn as a wedding band, the engagement ring is usually slipped on after the wedding ring, meaning the wishbone wedding ring would be positioned first with the ‘V’ pointing toward the wrist.
However, many people prefer to wear wishbone rings as accessories and these can point upwards or downwards.
Wishbone rings work well as stacking rings too, meaning you can wear several wishbone rings together on the same finger. The fact that they slot together looks very attractive on the finger.
Wishbone rings with diamonds are particularly eye-catching. When you combine this unusual shape with the sparkle of diamonds, it makes for a dazzling piece of jewellery.
Not all wishbone rings look the same. They can be set with diamonds or combinations of diamonds and coloured gems, in gold or platinum.
For a wishbone ring that is intended for constant, daily wear –such as a wedding band – you should choose one set in gold or platinum. Not only will it sparkle beautifully, but the high-quality precious metal means it will last a lifetime and more.