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Old 2013-09-13, 23:31   #12
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It's likely oriental. I suspect Chinese but could be Japanese.
Yes, it is likely that it is one of these, of course the writing is extremely stylised if that were true.

If you look on it's side, you can see this radical on the second character: 立

So this character could possibly be: 彦 産

The first character is more tricky because the stylisation is heavy. I suspect that the left could be composed of this radical: 氵

There are many many characters containing the radical 氵, however, so finding the correct one could be difficult. I'll have another look into it soon, but for now I have somewhere that I have to go.

edit: this is in reference to the Top picture.

edit2: this is based on what I know of Japanese, some of the Chinese-origin characters can vary between Japanese and Chinese.

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Old 2013-09-13, 23:33   #13
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I'll try to get a better shot of the internal markings.
Not on my account please. I am not going to be able to interpret anything.

Here are some silver export marks that look nothing like your ring.
http://www.925-1000.com/chinex_marks.html

I think this is really worth having a museum examine; It does not look ordinary.

Here are some porcelain marks
http://gotheborg.com/marks/datedporcelain.shtml

Here are some old Chinese coins. Old Korean coins look very similar (Modern ones have Hangul of course). This was interesting to look at; I was not aware of the knife and shovel money.
http://primaltrek.com/chinesecoins.html

None of this resembles your ring at least to my eye.

p.s. I thought that the tall character inside the ring might be 美 (měi) possibly "beauty" with the bottom of it opened up near the furigana/ruby characters

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Old 2013-09-19, 05:14   #14
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It's a fun game, and I'm looking forward to the solution to the puzzle...But ultimately, it's probably just one partner telling the other how awesome they are, or maybe it's connected to a memory they have of each other. All the possibilities I can think of are all connected to cementing relationships, which is one of the reasons jewelry exists in the first place. Unless of course, the owner was very vain.

Then again, it could be a treasure map that could make you extremely wealthy overnight. I suggest you rent a copy of Goonies to prepare. ;)

Edit:Indiana Jones movies could be helpful as well, though Goonies has more entertainment value, in my opinion.

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Old 2013-09-19, 09:16   #15
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Unless of course, the owner was very vain.
...or had the job of imprinting the wax seal of many pieces of mail, or stamping (signing or authenticating) the contents. While the personally decorative role of rings probably goes back to their origins, they also led more functional existences.
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Old 2013-09-20, 10:45   #16
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Way back in the seventies my dad gave me a ring that he found with his metal detector
Where / which country?
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Old 2013-09-20, 11:34   #17
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Way back in the seventies my dad gave me a ring that he found with his metal detector.
I wonder if someone could do some Nikola Tesla-type stuff and find a new way to track down special metals. Plus, is it possible to focus them like sound waves? Have a special ray gun for police that doesn't actually torture people with pain.
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Old 2013-09-20, 13:50   #18
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Default as one wishes;as one likes it;according to one's wishes.

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I've always wondered about the inscriptions.
The signs on the ring means that something happens in accordance to someones wishes: as one wishes;as one likes it;according to one's wishes.

http://chinesecalligraphystore.com/c...ll-pi-321.html

"This Chinese calligraphy wall scroll features the Chinese symbols for As one Wishes"

The signs represent an archaic (Old) chinese which is often used on prestige objects. The ring as such could be from Japan, Korea as well as from China since this archaic chinese is used also there for its decorative (and mysterious) purpose.

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Old 2013-09-24, 04:21   #19
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Where / which country?
Surrey, England.
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Old 2013-09-24, 05:27   #20
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Surrey, England.
It's okay. So, where in England?

Sorry, couldn't resist the joke.
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