Prompted by our wandering soul and the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean, we’ve named this piece the Seven Seas Ring.
In modern-day, the Seven Seas refer to the seven large bodies of water that make up the collective ocean: The North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Arctic, Southern, and Indian Oceans.
But it hasn’t always been that way.
Artifacts from Medieval Europe show sailors with detailed maps of the Seven Seas, all of which cluster around Europe and Asia. For these ancient ocean explorers, the Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Black Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea were the only bodies of water that made up the ocean.
Ancient Phoenicians, Sumerians, Arabs, and Romans would disagree. They also had maps of the Seven Seas, but the similarities stop there.
So, why seven? Nobody knows for sure, but there are many theories as to why this number persists across distant cultures and civilizations. It’s considered a protective number, one that is spiritual but not religious despite showing up repeatedly in sacred texts. It correlates to the moon, which acts as a sailor’s nocturnal compass. And in the Zodiac, seven speaks to water signs Cancer and Pisces.
Each of the Seven Seas has been changing names and locations for centuries, and they continue to do so today. Although there are no new bodies of water waiting to be discovered (that we know of!), the expression “traveling the Seven Seas” is commonly used as an idiom for world travel in general.
Do not soak in water, clean with a dry jewelry cloth. Do not get lotions, perfumes or oils on the gold. Polish with a jewelry cleaning cloth.