The most succinct definition of the word ’trilogy’ is ‘a group of three’. Initially the ‘three’ pertained to three related literary works, either books or plays, but latterly the word trilogy has been combined with the word ‘ring’ in the jewellery world to represent a specific style of ring.
The trilogy ring is a three stone ring consisting of purely diamonds, or two diamonds and a feature gemstone.
The symbolism behind the trilogy ring appeals to today’s generation, offering the declaration (and confirmation) of “you are my past, my present and my future”, superceding the simpler sentiment of “I love you” offered at the turn of the century.
Generally speaking, the central stone of a trilogy ring may be slightly larger, or set slightly higher than the supporting stones, to signify the importance of the present, reaffirming the significance of “we are in this moment together”.
Although diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love and durability of promises made, the centre stone of a trilogy ring may be a particular gemstone employed to convey a further feeling or emotion: emerald for faithfulness, sapphire for truth and peace, rubies for passion.
When given in a mature relationship, it is said that the centre stone defines commitment, and the supporting stones, trust and respect.
Christian couples may consider an alternative meaning with the centre stone representing God as the hub and author of the relationship and the two side stones the couple joined through their faith in God.
The engagement ring, wedding ring and eternity ring all signify particular moments or events. The versatile trilogy ring may be presented as an engagement ring or as alternative to the more conventional eternity ring. The trilogy ring may also be given as a token of expression around a personal celebration or sentiment such as the birth of a child, or an anniversary.
In a nutshell, a trilogy ring declares: "You are my life - My past, present and future are with you".