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Onyx Solitaire Sterling Silver Rings for Men

Also known as Ottoman rings or signet rings , onyx solitaire sterling silver ring s for men originally bore the coat of arms of the wearer and were used as seals. Ottoman rings refer to rings whose designs are Turkish in origin.

Ottoman rings are stylish signature pieces of jewellery for men. They tend to be bold and look just as good worn as a single piece of jewellery as they do worn with other rings.

Onyx and sterling silver

Onyx comes in a variety of colours including blue, red and white. In men's jewellery , black is one of the most popular colours. All onyx stones are generally banded, although single colour stones tend to be more commonly set in sterling silver rings.

Sterling silver is an alloy made up of 92.5% of silver and 7.5% of other metals. Other metals are added as fine silver (which is 99.9% silver) is too soft for jewellery use. Copper is most commonly added to silver to make sterling silver, but germanium, zinc and platinum may also be used. Sterling silver may be hallmarked, although this will depend on the country of origin.

Designs of sterling silver onyx rings

Men's onyx rings tend to use larger square or oval stones, although you may find rectangular or round onyx pieces too. The stones are often embellished with a silver or gold coloured design such as a lion's head, an eagle or a traditional Tuğralı symbol. Some onyx stones are also set with pieces of cubic zirconia.

The shoulders and bezel of these rings often incorporate Byzantine or Persian motifs. However gothic or Greek designs may also be used. Sometimes the shoulders are set with cubic zirconia or contain designs that match the symbol used on the stone.

Origins of Ottoman rings

Ottoman rings take their name from the Ottoman Empire that was centred around Turkey, southeast and central Europe, north Africa and the Horn or Africa and western Asia. The empire was famous for its jewellery, and it is believed that up to 90 jewellers worked in the Ottoman palaces.

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