When Frodo Baggins first set foot in the Shire, he was immediately infatuated. The land was lush and green, dotted with Hobbit abodes and bounty-filled fields. It was no wonder that Frodo saw his homeland as the most beautiful place in Middle-earth and dreamed of returning there one day.
In fact, the Shire scenes from Peter Jackson's trilogy were filmed in the Waikato town of Matamata in New Zealand--a place that looks remarkably similar to Tolkien's descriptions.
Despite this, Tolkein never once set foot in New Zealand and instead based the depiction of the Shire on England.
Regardless of where the Shire most closely resembles itself in the natural world, we can’t help but be inspired by its portrayal in the film and book series. From natural-focused elements to green and blue earthy hues, we’ve rounded up 10 engagement rings that would seem as much at home in the Shire as Frodo Baggins himself.
THE SILVER NAPLES MONTANA SAPPHIRE HALF HALO RING
This show stopping shining silver engagement ring features a vibrantly colored teal blue Montana sapphire that is framed by a half-halo aglow with glittering diamonds. The delicate budded twig silver band has been sculpted from a real foraged sprig of a tree and maintains the original textured details.
When gazing at the uncut rough Montana sapphire, one can almost imagine gazing into the deep blue and cerulean-hued sky of the Shire which gives way to inky black night and a smattering of twinkling stars.
PETITE NAPLES GREEN MONTANA SAPPHIRE SOLITAIRE
The Shire is a land of unparalleled beauty, and the Montana sapphire is no exception.
With a center stone of masterfully cut and polished green Montana sapphire, this engagement ring brings to mind the rolling green hills of the Shire.
The Petite Naples is crafted from gold or platinum precious metals and is handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail that highlights the stunning simplicity of the solitaire design.
NAPLES GREEN MONTANA SAPPHIRE HALF HALO RING
A Hobbit's smiel is a home that is carved into a hillside. The interior is warm and cozy with everything you could want from a home: a well-stocked pantry, a cozy bed, and plenty of room to store your things and enjoy them.
As a smiel frames a door so does our half halo that features four glittering diamonds set upon a band that has been hand cast from the best twig nature has to offer, framing a green and blue cut Montana sapphire.
The fresh color of the stone calls to mind the landscape of the Shire, as Hobbits frolicked under the stars, so does our lux green Montana sapphire shine under four luminescent diamonds.
GARLAND GREY DIAMOND SOLITAIRE RING
“When evening in the Shire was grey
His footsteps on the Hill were heard
Before the dawn he went away
On a journey long without a word”
So begins Frodo’s touching poem in memoriam of Gandalf the Grey after he fell while fighting the great Balrog at the Bridge of Khazad-dum.
Although not from the Shire, Gandalf certainly felt a special kinship among its people and frequently would visit. When we view the unparalleled salt and pepper solitaire diamond we can’t help but imagine Gandalf descending upon a sleepy Shire under the cover of heavy fog.
As Gandalf sees the troop of hobbits, dwarves, elves and men through adventure after adventure, so will this beautiful ring bear witness to the adventure of your union with your significant other.
LARGE UNITY EMERALD SOLITAIRE RING
If you ask our opinion, the Emerald City, while impressive, has nothing of the saturation of green present in the Shire. This half-carat polished emerald is delicately set in the middle of two solid gold or platinum twigs that have been meticulously sculpted to reflect the natural grooves and buds of the original organic sprigs. The entwined twig band converges into one at the back for a comfortable fit while the combination of the gleaming emerald and nature inspired band will have you daydreaming of a life spent hiking in the rolling hills of the Shire.
The Wells Ring
Bilbo Baggins came into possession of the One Ring when he was alone and wandering through the caverns of the Misty Mountains before coming face to face with Gollum, who was frantically searching for it. After using his wiles to escape Gollum and hold on to the Ring, Bilbo brought it back to the Shire where it remained for a whopping sixty years.
While the Wells Ring may not be able to render the wearer invisible or slow the process of aging, it is certainly reminiscent of the One Ring. The Wells incorporates a buttery smooth, gold or platinum, wide squared surface and rounded edges for a seamless fit that is perfect for everyday wear. If you’re looking to add some magic into your life this may just be the ring for you.
GARLAND PERSONALIZED BIRTHSTONE FOUR STONE RING
Community has long been a cornerstone of the Shire’s social structure for as long as anyone can remember. In the Shire, everyone knows everyone, and when it comes to celebrations everyone gets together to party.
In fact, it is the communities celebration of Bilbo Baggin’s birthday that kickstarts the events of the film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring.
If you’ve also found yourself supported and motivated by a special community of your own, why not honor it with the Garland Personalized Four Stone Birthstone? This special ring can be completely customized with up to four different birthstones. Each stone will have its own individual cut and color so no two rings will look exactly alike.
So whether you’re looking to honor a smaller community of four, like the four Hobbits who helped destroy the ring, or looking to celebrate a larger community divided by four, there’s a precious gemstone for it.
ISLE RUTILATED QUARTZ SOLITAIRE RING
The Brandywine River, also called Baranduin, is an important geographical boundary for the Hobbits of the Shire. The Brandywine divides the Shire from Buckland and Bree-land and provided a partition from the known of the Shire to the unknown of what lays beyond.
Like the Isle Rutilated Quartz Solitaire Ring, the Brandywine can be identified by gold flecks which swirl hypnotically within the deep brown waters (or, in the case of quartz, a deeper yellow). Much like the river that presents the wild unknown, the Isle Rutilated Quartz is framed by a a series of sparkling melee diamonds that are prominent on the upper arch of the band as a reminder to bravely travel into the high peaks and low valleys and all of the somewhat scary unknown places that your partnership will take you, jump in and be not afraid.
UNITY ONE CARAT DIAMOND THREE STONE RING
The Unity One Carat Diamond Three Stone Ring is a ring that makes you feel like you're safe at home, with your family, in front of a cozy fireplace. With this ring on your finger, you can carry the warmth of home and love with you everywhere you go.
The Unity contains a one-carat diamond that glints and gleams in the light and two flanking rough uncut Montana sapphires that add a custom color and texture to create a ring that will ground you while allowing you to stand out from the rest.
Hobbits are creatures of comfort. They like their home-cooked meals, warm fires, and good company. Ease into the way of the Hobbit with the Unity One Carat Diamond Three Stone Ring.
VERONA ROUGH MONTANA SAPPHIRE BEZEL RING
The Shire is a land of incredible natural beauty, with landscapes that are breathtakingly green and full of life. Various animals live peacefully together, and flowers dot the landscape with their colorful blooms. The hobbits live in harmony with nature, tending to their crops and livestock in small communities throughout the Shire's lush countryside.
If you’ve always felt drawn to descriptions of the Shire’s natural beauty, why not consider the Verona Rough Montana Sapphire Bezel Ring? This ring places nature front and center with a solid gold or platinum band that has been sculpted from real twigs foraged in the wild. The delicate band exudes a floral femininity as it combines the budded and blooming elements of the natural world.
A rough uncut Montana sapphire is bezel-set to subtly highlight the stone's stunning hue and origin within nature. Plus, because of its setting you can rest assured knowing that your stone is safe from Smeagol’s (or anyone else who may want it for themselves) grasp.
FIND YOUR “PRECIOUS” RING AT OLIVIA EWING JEWELRY
At Olivia Ewing Jewelry, we offer a vast selection of Lord of the Rings-inspired rings, pendants, and earrings. We take inspiration from the natural world and everything in it. So whether you’re looking for your “One True Ring” or a ring that you could see yourself wearing on a jaunt through a moonlit forest, we have something for you.