The History of Rings

Written by Martin Smith

Duringrepparttar Medieval period is when rings became popular. All classes of people wore rings fromrepparttar 149431 poorest torepparttar 149432 richest. Rings were typically made of iron, copper, silver, and gold. The material ofrepparttar 149433 ring worn usually indicatedrepparttar 149434 class ofrepparttar 149435 wearer. It wasn't until aroundrepparttar 149436 14th century that faceted jewels appeared in rings.

Some cultures have rings typically associated with them. Cultures such as Native Americans use silver and turquoise in their jewelry. Early Christians usedrepparttar 149437 Greek symbol,repparttar 149438 Icthus, which resembles a fish. One ofrepparttar 149439 best known isrepparttar 149440 Irish Claddagh that also has an intriguing story attached to it. Richard Joyce was amongrepparttar 149441 crew of a fishing boat fromrepparttar 149442 village of Claddagh, Ireland that was captured, he was to have been married that very same week. During slavery Richard Joyce was put torepparttar 149443 trade of Goldsmith-ing. Throughrepparttar 149444 years of capture neither married. Richard Joyce created a ring for his love with a heart for love, a crown for loyalty, and two hands.

After Joyce escaped capture, he returned torepparttar 149445 village of Claddagh and was overjoyed to see his love again and to know she had never married. She always knew he would return to her. He gave herrepparttar 149446 ring that has become known asrepparttar 149447 Claddagh ring. Ifrepparttar 149448 Claddagh is worn onrepparttar 149449 right hand withrepparttar 149450 crown inward (towardrepparttar 149451 wrist)repparttar 149452 heart is not yet committed. If it is worn onrepparttar 149453 right hand withrepparttar 149454 crown turned outwardrepparttar 149455 wearer is committed to someone. Finally if it is worn onrepparttar 149456 left hand withrepparttar 149457 crown outward it means “Let our love and friendship reign forever, never to be separated.”

Rings are worn for a variety of reasons including adornment. There are rings given as a reward for a job well done such asrepparttar 149458 Super Bowl victory. They are given to represent commitment as in engagements and marriages. Women religious to signify their commitment to God also wear rings.

Rings can be made of almost any material now. They can be made from plastic, silver, gold, or copper, even wood. They can be made of ceramic materials as well. They can be of simple design or something as intricate as filigree.

They can be plain and simple or they can be adorned with jewels or gemstones, as inrepparttar 149459 case of birthstone rings. There is a birthstone for each month ofrepparttar 149460 year and each has its own meaning. Seerepparttar 149461 listing below. January - Garnet -repparttar 149462 gem of faith and truth; protects from poisons, thought to stop bleeding, cure sickness ofrepparttar 149463 blood and infections. February - Amethyst - aids soldiers in battle, control evil thoughts, helps hunters to catch animals, and helpsrepparttar 149464 owner be good in business.

The Amazing Profession of Motherhood

Written by Bill Dueease

Where would we be without mothers? In my opinion, Motherhood is very special profession. Motherhood also has very unique and demanding characteristics that are frequently misunderstood. Let me tell you why I believe that motherhood is an amazing and special profession.

Motherhood isrepparttar most important profession inrepparttar 149325 world. Mothers are entrusted, and are almost totally responsible forrepparttar 149326 health, care, training, morals, security, emotional strengths, attitudes, social understanding discipline, and learning success of their children. Collectively, mothers controlrepparttar 149327 development and growth of almost all children inrepparttar 149328 world, who eventually mature into adults. The relationships children and even adults have with their mothers shape who they become as adults. The results ofrepparttar 149329 efforts of mothers are universal, extremely powerful, everlasting, and extremely important to every person onrepparttar 149330 globe. Unfortunately, motherhood is not givenrepparttar 149331 respect and honor it deserves, asrepparttar 149332 world shaping profession it is.

Motherhood is a very difficult and diverse profession. Mothers are required to possessrepparttar 149333 knowledge, practicerepparttar 149334 skills, and performrepparttar 149335 duties of so many different life functions that it would be impossible to list them all. Here are but a few. Mothers must successfully perform as nurses, cooks, nutritionists, teachers, trainers, educators, coaches, therapists, disciplinarians, financial advisors, protectors, cleaning specialists, transportation specialists, sports enthusiasts, clothing and appearance specialists, peacemakers, mediators, and spiritual advisors. Wow!

Mothers are given little, if any, prior formal training. A vast majority ofrepparttar 149336 knowledge, skills, and experience of performing all ofrepparttar 149337 important motherhood life functions are learned ON THE JOB. I know of no college or university that teaches or trains mothers. They must learn motherhood on their own, and by following their instincts. Other professions like attorneys, medical doctors, and dentists, must attend anywhere from six-to-ten years of additional education after high school to be qualified to begin their profession. Yet, mothers are required to be fully knowledgeable of all motherhood requirements and operate at almost full speed from virtuallyrepparttar 149338 very beginning of motherhood, with very little, if any, training.

Motherhood is a non-income producing profession. Even though mothers performrepparttar 149339 most important profession inrepparttar 149340 world, they rarely, if ever, generate monetary income from their motherhood efforts. Mothers are not paid to perform their multitude of very important duties and activities. Mothers are rarely paid to change diapers, prepare meals, or train their children. Mothers are frequently supported by their husbands, who are expected to generate enough income to pay for their needs. Unfortunately today, there appears to be an increasing trend of expecting mothers to continue performing their full time motherhood professional duties and also work at an income-producing job to generate money.

The time and energy demands on mothers diminish with time. Asrepparttar 149341 youngest child grows up,repparttar 149342 time demands, effort demands, mental involvement, and personal contact by mothers with their children will shrink. Motherhood with young babies is almost a 24 hours, seven days a week profession. Think ofrepparttar 149343 relief mothers feel when their youngest baby finally sleeps throughrepparttar 149344 night forrepparttar 149345 first time, without awakening for feeding or to have a diaper changed. The job requirements of motherhood are greatly reduced, as their youngest child goes off to school. Time and energy demands on mothers diminish even more as their youngest child continues to grow and attend even more out ofrepparttar 149346 house activities. Eventually, mothers will be faced with an empty nest asrepparttar 149347 purposes of their motherhood vocation depart.

Mothers feel frustrated in their quest for a new profession. Mothers frequently feel stymied when they seek new careers. They feel inadequate because they have been out ofrepparttar 149348 work force for so long, or because they feel they have less education than they think is necessary, or because they are older than other potential entry level workers, or because finding and applying for jobs and can be a daunting and confusing process. Unfortunately,repparttar 149349 normal Human Resources culture ofrepparttar 149350 corporate world andrepparttar 149351 owners of small business don’t always treat empty nest mothers as a valuable source of productive workers.

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