A toe ring is a ring made out of metals and non-metals worn on any of the toes. In most western countries they are a relatively new fashion accessory and typically have no symbolic meaning. Like finger rings, toe rings come in many shapes and forms, from intricately designed flowers embedded with jewels to simple bands.
Wearing of toe rings is practised in India. From the Ramayana times, till now, toe rings have been a part of a married woman’s symbol. Indeed they are worn as a symbol of the married state by Hindu women. Traditionally they are quite ornate, though more contemporary designs are now being developed to cater to the modern bride. 'Bichiyas' may not be made of gold, as gold holds a 'respected' status and may not be worn below the waist by Hindus, but this is not followed very strictly and toe rings made of gold and diamonds are commonly seen.
Toe rings are also worn by men in Tamil culture, usually in a simpler design for comfort.
Toe rings were introduced to the United States by Marjorie Borell who, after returning from India began manufacturing and selling them in New York in 1973. The "Original Toe Ring Boutique" sold toe rings in silver, gold and with diamonds. In the UK & USA, toe rings are worn by men and women alike.
If you are looking for toe rings attached to anklets, please contact me; these pieces are made by commission.