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Arsi - Thumb Ring Used by Indian Brides to View Their Make Up

Arsi - Thumb Ring Used by Indian Brides to View Their Make Up

Arsi - Thumb Ring Used by Indian Brides to View Their Make Up

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The simple ring was not ignored in the vast array of larger ornament forms. Fingers are believed to function as a medium between the physical body and the spiritual body. Rings thus are an important part of the physio-metaphysical value of jewelry.

The thumb is the king of the palmar kingdom. According to anthropologists, the development of the thumb marked an important step forward in the anatomical and cultural evolution of the human race. In Chinese palmistry the thumb is considered so important, that often the whole character, state of health and future are read from the thumb alone. In Western Classical world the thumb was regarded as sacred to Venus and in hand-gestures it still has a phallic significance.

This special ring with a round format has set in its center a small, usually round heart-shaped mirror. The ring part, meant to fit snugly round a thumb, is broad so as to bear the weight of the rest of the piece.

Among all the rings worn on the hand, the arsi occupies a special place in a woman's heart, not only because of its impressive size, but because of the function it performs. With the mirror set into it, the young maiden wearing it (most often a bride), can look and check, by just turning the thumb, if all that was adorning her head, or her hair, was in place. Thus this unique piece of jewelry acts as a sentinel over the other ornaments contributing their efforts towards the embellishment of both a woman's physique and psyche. Much delight is associated with this ornament. Understandably, therefore, it features in songs and proverbs; and one comes across it in paintings too.


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  • I just want you all to know, I LOVE this website...all of the stories that go with the one of a kind jewelry...these are heirlooms that will be passed along, to family members for years to come...what a wonderful tradition the Indian brides passed on..I for one will tell this story to my customers in the US, this would make a gourgeous gift for a bridal shower!!!! Every women wants to look their best on their wedding day, it would make a wonderful gift from grandmother, mother or sister to give to their loved ones..I enjoy reading, all of the stories you have shared with your customers on your website, keep it up, I can stay on your site for hours!! Thank you again, we are never to old to learn, your friend, Jeanne Cook
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