A dearest ring is a Victorian style romantic ring with seven different types of gemstone. The term "dearest" is an acronym, encompassing the different types of stone on the ring. These are:
Similarly the Victorian lettering of rings is seen in the form of "Regard" (Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby and Diamond) and less commonly, as "Adore" (Amethyst, Diamond, Opal, Ruby, Emerald).
Traditionally these rings though seen as romantic and tokens of ones love, were not given as engagement rings.
In terms of design the most common forms are either as a straight line with stones arranged to 'spell' the intended word, and octagon or daisy shapes, traditionally with the diamond placed in the centre.
- Carter, Alan. "Treasure Hunter with Alan Carter: Dearest Ring". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.