Diamond wishbone rings are women’s jewellery items with 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 not many of us are aware of their significance and origin. Why are they this shape? Which way up should you wear them? And what does it mean if you wear a wishbone ring?
If you’re considering buying a wishbone ring for yourself or someone you love, here are 6 facts about wishbone rings to help you decide if it’s the right ring design for you.
1. Symbolising luck and good wishes
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 bone’s “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.
2. Popular during the Victorian era
The Victorians loved symbolic jewellery. Their designs often featured gemstones, shapes and colours with a hidden meaning. It’s therefore easy to see why the wishbone, representing luck and hope, 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.
3. Worn for luck, even today
Many people still wear wishbone rings simply because they believe them to act as lucky charms. For this reason, they are often given as gifts on important birthdays, anniversaries, or as wedding rings.
When set with diamonds, the hardest substance known in nature, they symbolise durable and long-lasting luck, and good wishes for the future.
4. Perfect wedding ring shapes
Aside luck, a more practical reason for wearing this particular style of ring is if you’re already wearing an engagement ring. Most engagement rings these days have a solitaire diamond or halo setting.
If you combine it with a normal, straight wedding band, the diamond on your engagement ring may scratch and rub against the wedding band metal, leaving marks. Both rings may also sit skewiff or feel uncomfortable. A wishbone ring prevents this from happening because it fits around an engagement ring setting perfectly.
5. Can be worn any way up
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.
6. Strikingly beautiful designs
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 a big occasion – or requiring constant, daily wear, such as a wedding band – choose a handcrafted wishbone ring 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.