The ringstone symbol is commonly placed on rings and other jewelry pieces. It has two primary purposes:
- A reminder to the wearer of God’s expectations for humanity
- A proselytizing tool, commonly used as a conversation starter about the faith.
The Horizontal Lines
The three lines are a divine hierarchy. The top line is God and the bottom line is humanity. The middle line represents the Manifestations of God, who act as mediators between God and humanity. Baha'is do not view God as an approachable, personable being but rather a entity so much beyond human comprehension that his will can only be communicated through manifestations of himself. Manifestations include founders of many faiths, including Zoroaster, Abraham, Jesus, Mohammad, and Baha'u'llah.
The Vertical Line
The vertical line intersecting the three horizontal lines is the connection between the three levels, representing the Primal Will of God descending through the Manifestations to humanity.
The Two Stars
The five-pointed star is the official, although only slightly used, symbol of the Baha'i Faith. (The nine-pointed star is the most commonly used symbol.) Here, the two stars represent the Bab and Baha'u'llah, the Manifestations of God for the current era and whose guidance we should follow in order to understand God’s will.