Like a wedding band, the bishop's ring is a symbol of the clergy member's fidelity to the church and faith in God. Like a nuptial bond, a bishop devotes their life to the service and love of the Holy Father, a commitment which is symbolized by a gold band on the left ring finger. Bishop rings are typically made of gold and include an amethyst stone in the center, though styles can range from plain gold bands with a modest stone to thick, decorative bands with large stones in the center. Bishop rings are part of a time-honored tradition within the Church and are considered an important part of a bishop's attire. Wearing a bishop ring is a privilege reserved for the few members of the church that elevate to the role of bishop and is a constant reminder of the wearer's commitment to God, the church and their congregation.
Matthew F. Sheehan carries a large selection of beautiful bishops rings for sale in gold and silver finishes. Rings are available with or without center stones and often include religiously symbols on the band to represent a particularly important aspect of faith. Rings are traditionally presented as a gift to the bishop when they attain their new office.