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One of the visitors of this site wanted to find a purity ring engraved with the words I have decided. I don’t think there are any such rings on the market right now, but you can easily have one engraved through a number of websites. However, I can discuss the reasoning behind this inscription and you can decide if this inscription is for you.

Chastity and abstinence are often associated with religion. With good reasons, to be sure. However, moral choices of such importance can be made by people of little or no religious zeal. Although the most common purity ring inscription “True love waits” could easily be taken outside of religious context (particularly because “love” in this sense is not necessarily a Christian notion), it seems to me that many individuals would rather emphasise the fact that wearing the purity ring and remaining on the course of actions required by such a commitment is, above all, their personal choice, a decision that they consciously made. Also, this kind of resolution is likely to draw more sympathy and respect. Hence such possible inscriptions for purity rings:

  • I have decided
  • My decision
  • My choice
  • My path

Perhaps, the same mottos can be applied to promise rings of other types (a purity ring is, essentially, a promise ring), as long as the same sentiment of personal choice and decision needs to be emphasized.

purity ring

Another obscure term associated with engraved rings: Fede ring. Most often this designation refers to rings that feature two hands clasped together. The Italian word féde means “faith”, “trust”, ‘fidelity’ and “commitment.” Interestingly, this word also means ‘engagement ring’, which is indicative of the fact that the two-hand design is not something that has always was necessary for fede rings. “Fede” can also be featured on the engraving. Such is this motto that uses a poetic form of ‘fede’, “fe”:


This phrase found on a fifteenth century ring means something along the lines of “Love cannot exist without trust”.

Of course, the clasped-hand design is now most famous as a feature of Irish Claddagh rings.

Roman Numerals ringThere is apparently quite a large selection of rings that have Roman numerals engraved on them. I am presently at a loss regarding the meaning and significance of this engraved message. As one seller of Roman numeral rings quite  simple-mindedly acknowledged: “Don’t worry about trying to figure out what roman numerals are on this ring, just trust us when we tell you they look cool.”

Still, what does this mean? This can represent the idea of time (the numerals are I-XII), combined with the idea of eternity (a very persistant symbolic interpretation of a ring). 12, of course, is also the number of apostles, but I do not see much religious significance in this design. There may be other forms of numerology in place here. Some of the less insane sounding interpretations are:Black roman numerals ring

  • Twelve is the number of something that is complete and forms a whole, a perfect and harmonious unit. In  ancient civilizations, this number corresponds to the idea of plenitude, completion and integrity of a thing.
  • Number 12 is a symbol of material and spiritual food, because of the 12 breads which Jesus Christ broke at the Last Supper, Himself being the Bread of Life.
  • 12 symbolizes power and the Good, and governs both space and time, that is to say the operation of the Cosmos, hence its designation as a “cosmic number”. http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu12.php)

See also:

Roman Numerals: Charts, Tips, History

Sell Gold

The value of gold

During harsh economic times gold traditionally firmly asserts itself as the oldest financial institute in existence, as gold prices go up regardless of what else is going on in the economy. Almost every family has at least some amount of gold, whether it is in form of  old jewelry or actual golden bouillons. It is only natural that the shortage of cash makes people turn to gold. What are some important things to keep in mind in this regard?

Sell old jewelry as jewelry

If at all possible, you should try to sell your gold jewelry as jewelry. Selling it as scrap gold or silver is likely to bring up to 80% less. If you believe that the jewelry in your possession is worth getting a look at, you can locate an appraisal using these websites: National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and the American Society of Appraisers. Remember, there is a fee that you must pay to an appraiser! Still, there are kinds of jewelry that unfortunately have little value. This includes class rings, basic wedding rings and engraved rings. Face it, the resale value of a ring that says “To Bob from Jane” is very limited! Also, matching pieces of jewelry (earrings and cuff links, for example) lose value whenever one of the items is lost.

Selling scrap gold? Try local jewelers.

Since you will want to at least try to sell your gold jewelry as such, your local jewelry shops can be a one-stop place in case you end up selling your gold as scrap. Many local jewelers are fulling capable of refining scrap gold and what you have to offer to them is as good as anything else. You may have to shop around, however. Also, use a calculator like this one: http://www.dendritics.com/scales/metal-calc.asp to determine roughly what you should expect in terms of prices.

Going online with your scrap gold.

In recent years gold sellers have received another option for getting rid of the unwanted jewelry and coins. There is now a large group of businesses on the Internet that specialize in buying gold. This is typically done by requesting a seller’s kit and sending an insured package to the buyer informs the customer of the suggested price. Here are just a few of such sites that enjoy a favorable reputation:


When dealing with online buyers you have to make sure that the shipments are fully insured. You also need to keep a list of all the items you are sending in. Definitely remove all the gems and diamonds – you are only selling gold. And remember, it makes no sense to part with all your gold and silver at once, using only one buyer!


Staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary have been told some rings pose an infection-control risk as bacteria could become embedded in the engravings.

Many nurses were found to be wearing wedding bands with engravings on the outside or bevelling around the edges during a recent infection-control audit.

But some of those affected say they will resist attempts by the trust to make them take off these rings, saying the measure is unnecessary.

This story is a bit of a surprise, but I must say that the reasoning behind this ban on engraved rings is fairly solid. It is not a bad idea to consider one’s range of occupations while choosing whether or not to purchase or wear an engraved ring.