When I was little, my best friend and I LOVED to make friendship bracelets. We would braid for hours on end. We even had books on how to create fancy designs. We thought this was a cool, new trend, but in reality, the concept of friendship jewelry is very old.
In the Victorian days, friends (and even lovers) expressed their feelings through jewelry. The Regard ring was very popular. The ring contains a Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, and Diamond, in that order. The initials of the names of the stones spell out “regard”.
Another popular ring featured a Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, and Topaz to spell out “dearest”. These rings were even used as engagement rings in Victorian England. Many modern jewelry designers have fashioned their own take on the Regard Engagement ring. Places like The London Victorian Ring Co will help you create your own design, spelling out a name or other message with the various stones they have available.
The London Victorian Ring Co describes them as “Original Designs from a Stylish Era”. These would make great gifts for your friend who obsessed with Jane Austen novels.