Silver rings with several small loose rings on the top originally belonged to the national costumes from Southern Scandinavian but were used by the sami as well.
Silver rings with several small loose rings on the top originally belonged to the national costumes from Southern Scandinavian. Finger rings were often gilded by a thick layer of gold. The sami women used them as wedding rings instead of common smooth golden rings. Golden rings were only worn as a sign of wealth. Today the sami people use golden rings as wedding rings like everybody else. The loose rings on top of the fingerrings were probably decoration and had no practical or symbolic meaning. It is not true that the amount of small loose rings showed how many children a woman had given birth to. This explanation would have been very charming and logical, but has nothing to do with reality. The picture shows the same ring from different angles.
- 925 silver
- B X H mm 17 Ø