Aqeeq, akik or aqiq means quartz in Arabic, and Agate in Turkish, however in the context of rings usually refers to a ring set with a chalcedony stone. Well-known types of chalcedony are Carnelian, Agate, and Onyx. It is considered a semi-precious gem stone, and rings set with golden-orange variety of carnelian or sard have special significance in the Islamic religion.

Jewellery preparation

It must be ground into shape and polished to a shine. Sometimes the flat surface is engraved with a religious motto in Arabic, which is sometimes inlaid with gold. The finished gem is then mounted on a ring according to the stones finished size. Both men and women wear aqiq rings as jewellery.

Islamic significance

An aqiq ring also has religious importance in Islam as it is considered sunnah to wear one. The prophet Muhammad wore a carnelian / aqiq ring set with silver on his right hand as a commemoration of the removal of idols from the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 630 CE. To this day many Muslims do the same, including both Shia and Sunni clergy.. It is said that once a man was being whipped and Imam Ali passed from there he asked his companions to see if the man was wearing an Aqeeq ring or not. They said that he was not wearing a ring. Hazrat Ali said he would not have met this fate if he wore that ring because it is sunnat of Holy Prophet.

Source: Wikipedia

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