# What Are Rings?

Rings are circular bands of precious or decorative material that are worn on the finger. Historically, they have also served as symbols of love, commitment, and fidelity. Rings can be made from gold, silver, diamonds, or even stones such as jade. They have been worn around the world for thousands of years and in many different cultures. They were traditionally worn on the left hand but are now worn on the right, as well. They can be worn alone or in combination with other rings, studs and bangles. The most common and recognizable type of ring is the wedding ring worn by married people.

A ring has several parts: the circle, or hoop; the shoulders; and the bezel, which is the flat surface that holds the gemstone or other ornament. The shape of the hoop can be either full or partial, with either a circular, semicircular, or square cross-section, and it may have a smooth or textured surface. The shoulders are the part of the ring that is thicker and wider than the bezel. They may have a smooth or textured surface and they can be plain or decorated with carvings or engravings.

Typically, a ring will be shaped to fit the finger that it will be worn on. However, it can also be shaped to accommodate other things that may be attached to the ring, such as a brooch, a pendant, or a charm bracelet. Rings can also be made of materials that are not metal, such as wood, stone, and bone.

The earliest examples of rings that have been found are ancient Egyptian rings, which were woven from reeds or leather and were often worn in place of a necklace. In these rings, the inscription was written in a script known as hieroglyphics. The inscriptions usually stated the names of the couple and their parents. They also often mentioned the year of their marriage or elopement.

In mathematics, the study of rings is important because of their relationship to algebra and number theory. Every commutative ring with unity has an additive identity element, which is also called the multiplicative inverse of the element. A non-commutative ring, on the other hand, has an additive skew field instead of a multiplicative one.

During the Cassini mission, scientists discovered that Saturn’s rings are actually quite young. This is because old particles have been covered with interplanetary dust, leaving newer ones exposed to the Sun’s radiation. Eventually, the newer particles will accumulate enough mass to become part of a ring again.

When choosing a wedding or engagement ring, be sure to consider the person’s style and personality. A highly ornate design may not be appropriate for someone who is more practical and down-to-earth. If the person is going to be wearing a ring in public, make sure it is durable and that the gems or other decorations are of high quality and conflict-free. Regardless of what type of ring you choose, it’s important to find something that suits the wearer and that will be comfortable throughout the day.