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The Ring of Truth: And Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry

Wendy Doniger


Why are sex and jewelry so often connected? What does an anxiety about the authenticity of fake jewelry have to do with the authenticity of fake women, which is to say untrue, unfaithful, promiscuous women? Are diamonds a girl’s best friend? Or, rather, what kind of a girl-or storyteller-thinks diamonds are her best friend? Jewelry is money, often the only property a woman could own; yet rings also symbolize fidelity, legitimacy, and love. In the old myths, men accuse women of unchastity, but the man’s ring proves that he was the one who was unchaste; the ring also validates the woman’s child ... More

Keywords: jewelry, ring, myth, sex, love, paternity, in/fidelity, diamonds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190267117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Doniger, author
Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago