|Thumb rings used by Qianlong|
Thumb rings were essential things worn by soldiers during war time. Soldiers, generals and emperors alike were proud to put on the rings to remind their enemies that they were ready for combat. Princes while on hunting spree, wore thumb rings to show off their archery skills to impress the emperors.
In peaceful time, the thumb rings had lost their purpose. As a result, people put on these rings just to show others their wealth. As can be seen in the picture below, the man partially hid the shinny green jade on his thumb to show off his wealth. Likewise, Emperor Qianlong ordered the Imperial workshop to make some fine thumb rings for him to enjoy and play with. That was why he had these 7 exquisite rings in his possession.
|Thumb ring for creation purpose|
|A modern thumb ring made of rubber|
In China, there are vivid collectors who collect thumb rings of various designs and materials. The expensive ones are generally made from fine jadeite (intense green version), others made from white jade (of mutton fat quality) are equally collectors' favourite.