History of the Chevron Symbol

Traditional symbols are often used as inspiration in jewellery and silverware design. These symbols tell us a lot about the beliefs and thoughts of people from earlier centuries. The chevron is no exception. We saw a rise in the popularity of the chevron ring in 2015, as it was seen as a stacker style ring. Stacker rings can certainly provide an impressive jewellery statement, however there is a lot more to the chevron ring than you may realise.

The chevron ring (also known as a wish bone ring) has a classic inverted V shape. This V symbol has been used for thousands of years and dates back to 1800 BCE. It is a common sign used in heraldry. It also features on military and police badges and uniforms, representing the length of service given. It was also an important sign for the Greek Spartans; the symbol was depicted on their shields when they marched into battle. For the Celts, it was a sign of a warrior or hunter, representing the arrowheads they used for protection and hunting. The chevron is also said to represent the rises and falls that we encounter in life.

How a chevron ring is worn can affect its meaning: a chevron pointing downward is associated with Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. When pointed upward, it is associated with Mars and all the gods of war. Spartan, Roman, and Greek warriors would wear such rings (crafted from simple materials) in battle as it was a symbol of protection.

Some of our ‘Chevron’ Items

We recently acquired a chevron design ring in our inventory which sparked our research into the history of the symbol. Our chevron ring (pictured) dates back to the 1910s, and is ornamented with two Old European round cut diamonds. As you can see, the diamonds don’t detract from the classic design; in fact they only enhance its beauty. Having gemstones on a chevron creates an interesting juxtaposition, balancing the delicate beauty of the gems with the traditionally tough, military symbol itself.

gold chevron ring

chevron necklace

If rings are not your item of choice but, like us, you love the history behind the symbol, do not fret. The sign can be worked into many different pieces of jewellery. As you can see from the photo, this fine antique aquamarine yellow gold necklace has that classic V shape. It could even be classed as a triple chevron, as there are three in the lower section of the necklace. The middle chevron is even ornamented with a line of pearls to the centre.

The enlightening history of the chevron symbol is fun to explore, and gives us a greater appreciation of the icon itself. It can be represented in many ways, from pottery to pieces of jewellery. There are many reasons why people adorn themselves with jewellery that showcases this symbol: religious beliefs, honour, or simply just because they favour the style. What does the chevron represent to you?

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Louise Snowdon

Louise joined AC Silver as a website content editor with a passion for the world of antiquities and jewellery. Louise also assists the marketing team by representing the business on many social media outlets.

Louise is also responsible for assisting the business growth online by effectively using industry specific marketplaces to promote AC Silver's luxury goods.