9 June is the birthday of Johnny Depp, one of the most unique actors of modern times. Despite his huge number of roles in inspiring films, many associate him with Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. In the frankly funny franchise, Depp managed to show an unexpectedly deep tragicomic character. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Johnny and Jack have a lot in common. For example, they share a passion for jewellery. Just like the fictional pirate, the Hollywood star has a weakness for beaded bracelets, bandanas wrapped around his wrist, as well as pendants and amulets resting on his chest.
Guide to Johnny Depp rings
In this post, we take a closer look at Johnny Depp rings. The actor is known for his fondness for handmade ornaments. His collection includes dozens of rings in silver and gold alike. Despite a wide variety of balls, he remains true to his favourite motif: the skull.
Johnny Depp, Jack Sparrow and the rings they share
Johnny Depp and Jack Sparrow have so much in common because the actor went out of his way to make the pirate look like himself. The original idea was to show Jack Sparrow as a young pirate with a bandana on his head and a ring in his ear. However, Depp had to update his appearance and his rock star attitude. The celebrity was sure that 18th century pirates were just like 20th century rock stars. In his book, an exorbitant desire for adventure and freedom are the forces that unite both characters.
The prototype appearance of Captain Jack Sparrow was rock legend Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Were you surprised to eventually see Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow's on-screen father? We weren't.
While working on Captain Sparrow's look, Depp donated some jewellery from his wardrobe.
You can see a silver ring with a skull and a green emerald on the index finger of Sparrow's right hand. Depp acquired it in 1989. He sports the exact same ring on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine that same year.
Bikerringshop does not provide an imitation of this ring. However, if you are looking for a piece that radiates the same vibe, take a closer look at our Garnet Bone Skull Ring. Just like the Johnny Depp ring (or should we say the Jack Sparrow ring?), it features a skull setting and a large vibrant gemstone. Only instead of a piece of emerald, we used garnet.
Also belonging to the actor is a gold ring with a purple amethyst on the index finger of Sparrow's left hand. It is a copy of a 17th century ring found in Rome. The original ring was stolen from the set, so the makers had to make a copy. The second episode of Pirates of the Caribbean sees Jack Sparrow wearing the original ring and its copy in the same way. Depp kept the duplicate afterwards. You can see it on his finger from time to time.
The piece that Jack Sparrow swings on the ring finger of his left hand is also owned by Depp. This gold onyx ring is engraved with a flower and three small precious stones. The actor also invented a little story about Jack taking this ring as a trophy from a Spanish widow after seducing her.
Of the four rings that adorned Jack Sparrow's hands, only one silver one with green jade and the image of a dragon was created specifically for the film.
Johnny Depp's pirate ring
Another ring from Johnny Depp's jewellery collection that refers to Pirates of the Caribbean is Jack Sparrow's silver ring. To be more precise, it is not exactly Jack Sparrow, it is his skull presented in the manner of the Jolly Roger. The skull and crossbones are attached to the finger with a piece resembling a wide bandana. The bandana, in turn, indicates the pirate that this ring represents.
Johnny Depp received this ring as a gift from the crew of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. More precisely, Oscar-winning make-up artist and designer Joel Harlow (who is also a close friend of Depp's) is said to have made it for the actor. He didn't put it on the shelf to gather dust with other keepsakes. Photographers have captured Johnny on several occasions sporting this eccentric piece. It seems that the Hollywood star is really imbued with the spirit of piracy.
You like to combine pirate and skull themes in the same ring, but are fed up with the Jolly Roger? Then how about the Jack Sparrow Pirate Skull Ring from yours truly? It combines everything you love about men's rings: pirates, skulls, blades, crossbones, precious stones and a touch of contrasting colour.
Johnny Depp Tonto ring
Another ring made exclusively for Johnny Depp by his friend Joel Harlow is dedicated to Tonto, the actor's character in The Lone Ranger. The ring hasn't become Depp's staple (perhaps it's because The Lone Ranger turned into a box office bomb), but the actor has been seen wearing it at the film's premiere and at numerous autograph sessions. In addition to the Tonto ring, the actor was seen rocking a silver ring that pays homage to the Lone Ranger mask.
The Tonto ring is fairly self-explanatory. It portrays Depp's character in as much detail as possible. He wears his signature war paint and raven headgear. The ring echoes a tattoo the star has worn on his wrist since 2012. It is said that he and seven of his friends got the same tattoos to honour Damien Echols. Crows are said to carry the spirits of the dead to another world and can bring them back to Earth. It seems that the symbolism of the raven has a deeply personal meaning for the actor.
We do not have the same ring in our inventory, but it might be interesting to check it out Indian skull ring outside. Made of sterling silver, it shows a skull of an Indian with a stern expression on his face, battle scars and, of course, the feathered war cap.
Death is a certain club
Another legendary Johnny Depp ring – this time it has nothing to do with his acting career – is the Death is Certain Club ring. Shaped like a skull, it is distinguished by its rather rectangular silhouette. The skull decorates two red gemstones that double as his eyes. Its forehead is embellished with three clear faceted crystals, the central one being slightly larger than the other two.
If you take a look at the shank of the ring, you will discover two other eye-catching things. These are the number 3 and the symbol Courageous. Both are made of yellow gold, which makes them stand out from the otherwise silver-plated finish.
The original ring was handmade by jeweller Albrizio at C'est Magnifique in the early 1990s. In fact, there are four of these rings that can be labelled 'original'. They belong to members of the so-called Death is Certain Club. The club consists of Johnny Depp himself and his friends: rock icon Iggy Pop, director Jim Jarmusch and tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw. In addition to matching rings, they (except Iggy Pop) have skull tattoos that glorify the club's name.
So what does this ring mean? For Johnny Depp and his friends, it symbolises friendship and loyalty. Moreover, the actor has given it a new meaning. It is a reminder of life and death and their cyclical nature. "You are here and now. Keep what you have because in five minutes you can lose it forever. Every breath is a victory over death and we must celebrate it every second!" – this is what Johnny Depp has to say about his ring and its sentimental value.
What Johnny Depp's skull ring means
You're probably wondering what the symbols displayed on this ring mean. We have the answer. Let's start with the brave.
In 1997, Depp wrote and directed an independent drama called The Brave. Based on the novel of the same name by Gergory McDonals, it was Depp's first directorial effort. The film did not do particularly well at the box office; however, Depp wanted to immortalise his achievement. He did so with this ring and a tattoo on his right arm. Both show the symbol seen in the film.
According to the Hollywood mogul, this symbol represents an eternal search for answers to difficult questions. The actor keeps asking 'Where do I go? What should I do? What is it all about?' He also emphasises that we have to face the things that happen to us, no matter how difficult they are. We can only live our lives by questioning, investigating and exploring.
The other symbol on his skull ring is the number 3. The actor believes it is a magical and mystical number. He has a tattoo with this number on his left hand, his Rock tattoo shows three cards, he has three hearts on his upper left arm and three rectangles on his right hand. This is what the actor has to say about this symbol: '3 is a kind of special number for me. It is a very creative number. Triangle, trinity, you know, two people make another person.
Johnny Depp rings from Bikerringshop
If you too want to proudly wear a reminder of death (or life, or friendship, it's up to you), our Johnny Depp Skull Ring will come in very handy. Admittedly, this is not an exact copy of his legendary accessory – after all, all rights belong to its creator – but we have tried to preserve its statement features. Bikerringshop's ring offers a similar rectangular shape, garnets in the skull's eyes and the symbols of 3 and Brave on either side of the setting. You can get our ring for a price of $75. A piece from the same company that made the original Death is Certain rings will cost you at least $300.
Another ring to consider if you are a fan of Johnny Depp's style is Skull Red Eyes. Once again, it has a square shape and red stones flash in its eyes. At the same time, its shank is devoid of any gold symbols. If you like simplicity and don't want to get too literate by imitating Depp's style, this ring is the way to go.
Johnny Depp Rings made of gold
Despite the fact that Depp has a penchant for silver jewellery, he remains open-minded about mixing silver and gold as a whole. A gold skull ring is proof that the star can break the 'silver with silver, gold with gold' rule and still look fashionable.
The ring designed by renowned jeweller Neil Lane shows Depp's beloved symbol, the skull. It looks deliberately rough as if it had been carved from a nugget of gold. The skull has amethyst stones in the orbits and other amethysts on the shank. Lane and Depp have already collaborated on the creation of gold rings for Pirates of the Caribbean, which the A-lister then purchased for his jewellery collection.
Are you also looking for a gold skull ring? Bikerringshop knows how to help you. Our 14 carat yellow gold skull ring with blue sapphire is an excellent choice for skull enthusiasts looking for colours other than silver. The entire piece is made of 14 carat yellow gold and bears a real sapphire jewel in the skull's left eye. Unlike Depp's trinket, it shines like a star thanks to the polishing. There is no better way to attract the interest of your hands than something so outrageous, massive and sparkling.
Since we mentioned Depp's gold ring, we cannot ignore another precious ball on his hand. This one does not have a skull but proudly displays a Cherokee head. The ring was given to the actor by his then girlfriend Vanessa Paradis on his 40th birthday. This gift was chosen for a reason. Having Cherokee blood in his veins, Johnny Depp celebrates his Native American ancestors with this piece.
Here is the significance of the Johnny Depp ring during the trial
Johnny Depp rings are at the centre of the debate: and one of them has caught everyone's attention.
Since the start of the trial for the defamation lawsuit brought by Johnny Depp against Amber Heard, the former Jack Sparrow has been appearing in court wearing his rings. Those same rings that – according to Heard – were used to beat the actor's then-wife's face in. Those rings, therefore, have catalysed the attention of American analysts and commentators, linked as they are to the trial that is gluing everyone to TV and social media. Suffice it to say that on YouTube alone, the live coverage of the trial is worth more than 12 million views per single day. However, one detail has attracted the attention of most, namely a ring belonging to Johnny Depp, a ring (apparently made of silver) on which a word is engraved: 'truth'.
According to many, this trial is a trial between two actors that will see who can give the better performance prevail. Whoever wins, and if there is ever a winner, will enjoy not inconsiderable compensation.
Johnny Depp, in a way, made a non-verbal statement inside the Farifax courthouse this Thursday: the actor was seen wearing a thick silver ring with the word 'truth' engraved on it as the legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard continues to rage on.
Depp sued Heard for defamation after the latter alluded to their relationship being abusive in an editorial written for the Washington Post in 2018. The 'Cry Baby' star originally filed a $50 million lawsuit in March 2019 at which the actress countersued Johnny for $100 million.
Photos of the ring have been circulating on social media for almost two days now, and fans have written a series of posts in support of the star and the battle he is waging to find the truth, the truth that the actor himself has admitted is the only thing that really matters to him.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star's legal team has claimed that Amber Heard's claims have had an extremely negative impact on his career, even causing him to lose his starring role in the sixth instalment of the franchise centred on Jack Sparrow. Important names from the entertainment world such as Chris Rock, Joe Rogan, Ireland Baldwin, Eva Green, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz have publicly expressed their support for Johnny Depp.