Page Pulp’s Favorite Literary Things: Badali Jewelry Aes Sedai Ring
I’ve been pretty honest about my nerdish leanings in the past, but today’s post may take things to a whole new level. I am currently wearing an Aes Sedai Great Serpent Ring, and I love it. For those of you who are unaware, Aes Sedai are characters from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, powerful women who can wield the one power. So where does the Great Serpent Ring come into play? Here’s a portion of the entry from the Wheel of Time wiki:
The Great Serpent ring is an item of organizational regalia worn by Aes Sedai and their upper class of students in training, the Accepted. It is a golden ring fashioned into the shape of a serpent biting its own tail, an ancient symbol of eternity and time itself.
The Great Serpent ring is awarded to any of the novices who pass the qualifying test for Acceptance, and thus the Great Serpent ring is one of the most obvious ways to differentiate between a novice and Accepted (the more ornate dress worn by an Accepted is the other). Strictly speaking, an Accepted may only wear the ring on the third finger of her left hand.
When a candidate for full sisterhood is raised from among the Accepted as an Aes Sedai, she may wear the ring on whatever finger she chooses, or not at all as circumstances may warrant. The wearing of the Great Serpent ring is recognized as one of the most outward identifiers of an Aes Sedai by society at large, along with the ‘ageless face.’
What I really love about the ring, though, is that while it has that literary association, it also looks just like an awesome ring to the unknowing eye. I may be secretly pretending that I can channel the One Power, but no one, other than you guys, need to know. (Esoteric nerdiness is the best kind of nerdiness.)