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Although not all friendship rings require engraving, this is certainly a type of jewelry that benefits from a clear statement that expresses the wearer’s sentiments or serves to remind about the occasion of its purchase. There are some design elements that emphasize the idea of friendship: the heart, the clasping hands of a claddagh ring, matching gems or birthstones etc. Apart from that, friendship rings very often bear engraved inscriptions and I am happy to make some suggestions that may help you design your own custom rings or search for rings with particular inscriptions available through retailers. As usual, I try to provide Latin versions of these friendship quotes, since I believe that Latin (along with occasional French) is a language well-suited for jewelry engraving.

  • FRIENDSHIP (AMICITIA ) – Perhaps the most common inscription on friendship rings.
  • FRIEND (AMICUS masc., AMICA fem.)
  • FRIENDS (AMICI masc., AMICAE fem.)
  • BEST FRIEND (AMICUS OPTIMUS masc., AMICA OPTIMA fem.)
  • BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (AMICI OPTIMI IN AETERNUM masc., AMICAE OPTIMAE IN AETERNUM fem.)
  • A FRIEND IS A SECOND SELF (ALTER IPSE AMICUS)
  • HE IS A TRUE FRIEND, WHO, UNDER DOUBTFUL CIRCUMSTANCES, AIDS IN DEED WHEN DEEDS ARE NECESSARY (IS EST AMICUS QUI IN RE DUBIA RE JUVAT, UBI RE EST OPUS) – A quote from Plautus
  • I SPARE NO EXPENSE SO LONG AS I CAN SERVE MY FRIEND (NIHIL PRETIO PARCO, AMICO DUM OPITULOR)
  • THERE IS NOTHING WHICH, IN MY SENSES, I SHOULD PREFER TO A DEAR FRIEND (NIL EGO CONTULERIM JOCUNDO SANUS AMICO) – A quote from Horace.
  • CONSULT YOUR FRIEND ON EVERYTHING, BUT FIRST OF ALL ABOUT YOURSELF (OMNIA CUM AMICO DELIBERA, SED DE TE IPSO PRIUS) – A quote from Seneca.
  • TO HAVE THE SAME TASTES AND THE SAME DISLIKES – THIS IN FACT IS THE BASIS OF LASTING FRIENDSHIP (IDEM VELLE ET IDEM NOLLE EA DEMUM FIRMA AMICITIA EST) – A quote from Sallust.
  • A LITTLE PLEDGE OF NO LITTLE FRIENDSHIP (PARVUM NON PARVAE AMICITIAE PIGNUS) – This motto seems perfect for a gift to a friend or a friendship ring!

It must be added that the quotes from Ancient authors always sound better in their original language rather than in translation. Also, some people simply choose to engrave their names on friendship rings. Good luck with your engraved rings and your friendships!

See also:

Promise Rings: History and Meaning

Friendship quotes in Latin

Many engraving services can easily inscribe anything on a ring or some other surface, as long as you provide them with a simple graphic. This method is typically used to create engravings in non-Latin alphabets. The Runic alphabet is a very stylish way to create unique engraved jewelry. Because runes were at one point actually used to write in English, there is actually some historic value to resorting to Runic characters. You can simply spell out your name or even a simple motto. A great little online app! It actually lets you select between several different styles of Runes. Full description of each style is provided for your reading pleasure.

Rune Converter: Turn Roman Letters Into Runes

Anglo-Saxon Runic Rings