While various peace symbols have been used throughout history and the world, there’s really only one that stands out in our minds today.
What is now an internationally recognized symbol, the peace sign was originally designed in 1958 as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by artist and designer, Gerald Holtom. Holtom created it for a march from Trafalgar Square in London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston.
A combination of two semaphore signals (a telegraphy system traditionally using flags to convey information over distances), the symbol includes the letters “N” and “D” – standing for “nuclear disarmament”. It’s these two signs that form the internal shape of the peace symbol.
The peace sign has, over the years, outgrown it’s solely anti-nuclear roots. Neither patented or restricted, the symbol spread beyond the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and was adopted by the wider anti-war movement. Peace groups continued to use the symbol and by the end of the 60s the symbol was officially cemented as the signifier for peace, alongside the rainbow flag and “V” for victory hand sign.
No longer just an emblem for protestors and hippies, the peace sign continues to remain popular today. Celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Aniston, as well as prominent figures like the first lady Michelle Obama, have all been spotted donning this important symbol in the form of clothing and jewelry.
Available in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold (with 10k and 14k gold where applicable), the Shanti Peace Ring is easily personalized with up to three engravings. Whether you purchase this ring for yourself or a loved one, it’s a wonderful reminder of the ongoing peace efforts that have taken place in the past as well as those that continue in the present.
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