Rings have deeper meaning in Ghana than merely style or social standing. Key aspects of Ghanaian life, such as relationships, duties, and spiritual beliefs, are explained through their designs and the fingers worn.
The ring on the engagement, for instance. The community considers someone to be “taken” when they place one on their ring finger. However, the unbroken circle form also stands for the unbreakable tie of married love, which is a symbol that engaged couples value when courting.
And there are the flashy gold rings that distinguish the “big people” at the top. The elaborate afanfran rings embedded with their ancestral symbols are reserved for wear by real chiefs and queen mothers.
Traditionalists continue to believe that fibia rings may protect from evil spirits and difficult circumstances. Whether you agree with the ancient methods or not, you can’t help but be moved by their wide celebration of victories.
Take a moment to consider the deeper tales hidden inside these stylish bands the next time you see a Ghanaian finger sparkle. Our rings are not only pretty; they are windows into our shared history, culture, and ties.