This Byzantine wedding ring from Agrigento, Sicily was made in the 7th century AD. The ring, which was originally inlaid, shows Christ blessing the union of bride and groom. The inscription on the face, ‘OM(o)NYA’, means ‘Harmony’ or ‘Concord’ and the inscription around the hoop is a quote from the Bible (‘My peace I give to you’ – John 14:27). During the early Byzantine period, just like today, a ring was the object most closely associated with the marriage ritual. Romans and Byzantines believed that a special vein ran from the fourth (ring) finger directly to the heart. 

You can see this beautiful ring in our exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest, opening 21 April.

Sponsored by Julius Baer

In collaboration with Regione Siciliana

anonymous asked:

BIANCA have you seen the still from the next episode of Clarke wearing a can see it in the picture of her and Abby together. She's wearing it on the ring finger of her right hand and I will die if it has anything to do with Lexa

lol im still reading thfas and my initial reaction was “ya, its the ring the lady gave her when she got to polis right?”

Another new item to debut this weekend is the ‘Manu Mortis’ necklace. Modeled after traditional mourning jewelry and cast in solid brass. These specific pieces felt so elegant left shining and polished before being finished with a tiny, black spinel. The skeletal hand wears the spinel on her ring finger… Perhaps in remember acme of another time or special person. #mourning #shopsmall #metalcasting #mourningjewelry #skeleton #spinel #victorian #bones #handmadejewelry #brass

I just realised you can count to 1,023 on your fingers

Why did this not occur to me before

Why aren’t we taught to do this as children? It’s only one level of abstraction beyond regular counting, surely young, pliable minds wouldn’t have too much trouble picking it up

anonymous asked:

People are saying that there is ring on Jen's/Emma's ring finger and are speculating that CS may be engaged. I saw the enlarged photo and it really looks that it's there. Eeeeek!!! If it's true I'll die happy!!!!!

I don’t know, but in that blown up shot it definite looks like it could be.  We’ll need more evidence, of course, but in the meantime…

Oh IF the ring really does mean they’re engaged, there’s a very simple reason for why it’s on Emma’s middle finger, it’s simply too big for her ring finger. I’m sure they’ll have it sized or find something new in the JR safe when they get back to SB (though I bet Emma wants to keep this ring)


Hey brother
There’s an endless road to rediscover.
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that is fine by me.

Hey sister
Oh the water’s sweet, but blood is thicker
So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older

All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost.
Oh, if the sky comes falling down
For you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
I’ll try carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands

Wake Me Up/Hey Brother - Anthem Lights

Another fanart inspired by the ever amazing fanfic  Sansûkh

So, I mentioned drawing Frerin and Thorin in that last fanart I did, right?  Well, I heard this song and it turned into a whole siblings fest, whoops. I absolutely adore Frerin’s relationship with Thorin in this fic, hands down.  Frerin’s my precious cinnabun baby and I just want to hold him until he’s happy.

Next up on my To-Do list…some charr for a friend, and some fanart of my all-time favorite Mass Effect fanfic!