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Symbolism of the Twist Ring

When it comes to jewellery, particularly rings, there are a few styles that are enduringly popular. Classic styles include diamond solitaires, gemstone trilogy rings and chunky gold signets. However, one of the most symbolic styles of ring is the twist ring. This iconic style comes in many forms, however traditionally it features a shank that curves to meet a central stone, and then twists around it. This creates a flowing design that is often asymmetrical. Twist rings are perfect for every occasion, from engagements to anniversaries. But what is the symbolism of the twist ring?


Unsurprisingly, twist rings are one of the most sought after styles of engagement ring. Not only do they look incredible decorated in diamonds, but their significance makes them perfectly suited to such an occasion. The ‘twist’ of the ring is symbolic of the entwining of two lives. It also represents the tightly woven bond between two partners. Some twist engagement rings mimic infinity symbols, which reflects the (hopefully!) never-ending nature of a couples love. Ultimately, twist engagement rings are a flawless union of style and sentiment.


Twist rings can represent a celebration of culture. This is because this style of ring often features Celtic twists. Celtic knots have been culturally significant for centuries, ranging from simple twists to intricate designs that reflect the tightly interwoven relationships between people. As well as being an immediately recongisable symbol of culture, these rings also represent family, faith and friendship. The rich cultural history of this style means that it has some folkloric connections. Rings featuring Celtic designs are thought to give strength to those moving forward from adverse conditions.

Symbolism of the Twist Ring
antique colombian emerald diamond twist ring
antique diamond platinum twist ring


The flowing, organic design of the twist ring is highly symbolic of nature. Unlike more modern, angular jewellery, the twist ring is a fluid ode to nature that the wearer is sure to find soothing. The curve of the shank has often been likened to a wave. This naturalistic symbolism is highlighted when paired with gemstones such as aquamarine. The word aquamarine derives from the Latin word for seawater, which complements the natural symbolism of the twist ring perfectly.


Twist rings can be very versatile in their ‘hidden meanings’. Whilst they eptiomise love, additional connotations can also be given to them depending upon their jewels. Culturally, gemstone jewellery is known to be highly symbolic. Some people even avoid certain ones for fear of bringing bad luck upon themselves! A positive to this, however, is that you can choose your gemstones based on the qualities you find the most desirable. For example, an antique sapphire ring would represent wisdom, good fortune and faithfulness. A ruby twist ring, on the other hand, would symbolise nobility, purity and passion.

Twist rings are highly symbolic. Their unique design and significance makes them a wonderful addition to any jewellery box. Whether you choose to express your love for a significant other, family member or even your culture, then a twist ring is the way to do it. This iconic design is a subtle twist on tradition (sorry!) that is coveted not only for its beauty, but its sentiment. If you know of any other ‘hidden meaning’ behind the twist ring, let us know!

Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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