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Which Nenya, ring of Galadriel is the "correct" one? I want to buy one to my girlfriend as an engagement ring. I mostly find this design:

Nenya in silver without a diamond

However, I found it only made of silver - not suitable for an engagement ring. Then, I found this one here:

Nenya in white gold with a diamond

which is also offered in a white gold version and also looks more like an engagement ring. However, it looks completely differently than the other Nenya I found.

How is it possible that there are two different "original" designs of Galadriel's ring over the internet? Should the other ring be also considered as Galadriel's ring? Any advice/information appreciated.

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    the ring doesn't have a description other being silver/white gold and containing a gem presumably a diamond. It honestly would probably be of a simpler design as the elves seem to find beauty in simplicity. i think, haha. however the first ring is what they designed for the movies and it looks much cooler. – Himarm Jan 6 '15 at 17:49
  • This actually comes down to more the taste of your girlfriend. If it would mean more to have the ring from the movie, option A. If it would mean more to her to have a Diamond option B. – Himarm Jan 6 '15 at 17:51
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    Based on the movies, the upper ring is the "correct" one. If the other one is marketed as Galadriel's ring, it may be based on the brief description in the book. – Omegacron Jan 6 '15 at 17:58
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    Unless Tolkien drew a design himself, it's all ultimately fan fiction. That said, (1) I'm pretty sure her ring is described in the books as having a stone, and (2) just use the interpretation you like best. – Kevin Jan 6 '15 at 18:07
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    And do drop by and tell us how it goes. – Kevin Jan 6 '15 at 18:08
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There is no "correct" depiction.

The descriptions of the Rings in the books lacks this level of detail; first of all we have words of Saruman:

"The Nine, the Seven, and the Three," he said, "had each their proper gem. Not so the One. It was round and unadorned, as it were one of the lesser rings; but its maker set marks upon it that the skilled, maybe, could still see and read."

And then the description of Nenya itself:

...a ring about her finger; it glittered like polished gold overlaid with silver light, and a white stone in it twinkled as if the Even-star had come down to rest upon her hand.

So there's just not enough information there, although I'd say that the lower image is closer to the book's description.

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According to the books neither of the designs is "incorrect" because there is no description in the book so specific and detailed that it will be possible to determine which of these rings is more accurate. One description of Nenya can be found in THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: BOOK TWO, Chapter VII-The Mirror OF Galadriel which describes it thus:

Eärendil, the Evening Star, most beloved of the Elves, shone clear above. So bright was it that the figure of the Elven-lady cast a dim shadow on the ground. Its rays glanced upon a ring about her finger; it glittered like polished gold overlaid with silver light, and a white stone in it twinkled as if the Even-star had come down to rest upon her hand.

It is also sated by Galadriel herself in the same chapter that:

This is Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, and I am its keeper.

These words from Galadriel could indicate that maybe the white stone in Nenya is indeed the mythical stone Adamant but since it's not written anywhere and Tolkein have scarcely written anything about Adamant or referring to it in his books we can't know if it's true or not.

Another description of Nenya is give in THE RETURN OF THE KING: BOOK SIX, Chapter IX-The Grey Havens in which it is described as the following:

...Nenya, the ring wrought of mithril, that bore a single white stone flickering like a frosty star.

Here we learn that Nenya is made of the precious mythical metal mithril which for obvious reasons there are no rings in our world that are wrought of it but the closest metal to mithril besides titanium in our wold according to its descriptions is probably silver with mithril being called also "silver-steel" and "Moria-silver" and even "true-silver" by men although it may not be appropriate for an engagment ring. And again there is a description of a white flickering stone which is likely (altough not surely) a diamond or the mythical stone Adamant.

The conclusion is that there is no "correct" design of Nenya according to the books (altough there are "incorrect ones" but neither of the depictions that you have presented here falls into this category). However the first design with the flower-like pattern is identical or almost identical to the depiction of Nenya in the movies.

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