The bishop’s ring is a symbol of the bishop’s fidelity to — and nuptial bond with — the church. Bishop rings are usually made of gold with an amethyst stone. Styles range from plain gold bands with a modest stone to ornate designs with large stones.
Bishops rings are part of a time-honored tradition within the Church and play an important role in the bishop’s attire. Wearing a bishop’s ring is considered a privilege and is a reminder to all of the wearer’s commitment to the Church.
Older and antique bishop’s rings favor larger gold rings with carvings or inlays of important religious symbols such as crosses. Modern styles of the bishop ring tend to be less ornate, though gold is still the preferred metal. The bishop’s rings amethyst is still a prominent feature.
Rings for bishops are generally presented during the time of consecration or are given as a gift after an appointment. Bishop rings and pastor rings generally are considered property of the Church, even if the wearer separates with the religious body.
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