Cicada Sterling Silver Ring

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Cicada Sterling Silver Ring

Origin: Indonesia 

Material: Sterling Silver (925)

Approximate Top Dimensions: 1.5cm x 0.8cm

Approximate Band Dimensions: 0.6cm

Weight: 1g


10% of this purchase will be donated to The Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation


In Chinese tradition, the cicada (Ťü¨,¬†ch√°n) symbolises rebirth and immortality. In the Chinese essay "Thirty-Six Stratagems", the phrase "to shed the golden cicada skin" (simplified Chinese:¬†ťáĎŤĚČŤĄĪŚ£≥;¬†traditional Chinese:¬†ťáĎŤü¨ŤĄęśģľ;¬†pinyin:¬†jńęnch√°n tuŇćqi√†o) is the poetic name for using a decoy (leaving the exuviae) to fool enemies. In the Chinese classic novel¬†Journey to the West¬†(16th century), the protagonist Priest of Tang was named the Golden Cicada.

In Japan, the cicada is associated with the summer season. For many Japanese people, summer hasn't officially begun until the first songs of the cicada are heard. According to Lafcadio Hearn, the song of Meimuna opalifera, called tsuku-tsuku boshi, is said to indicate the end of summer, and it is called so because of its particular call.

In the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, the goddess Aphrodite retells the legend of how Eos, the goddess of the dawn, requested Zeus to let her lover Tithonus live forever as an immortal. Zeus granted her request, but because Eos forgot to ask him to also make Tithonus ageless, Tithonus never died, but he did grow old. Eventually, he became so tiny and shriveled that he turned into the first cicada. The Greeks also used a cicada sitting on a harp as an emblem of music. 

In Kapampangan mythology in the Philippines, the goddess of dusk, Sisilim, is said to be greeted by the sounds and appearances of cicadas whenever she appears.


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