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Skull Rings: What They Mean and How to Wear Them

Skulls have been a part of human culture for centuries, and their popularity is only increasing.

Thanks to shows like Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy, and movies like The Pirates of the Caribbean, skulls have become mainstream, and the jewelry industry has taken notice.

Skull rings are now one of the most popular types of jewelry, especially among men. They have historically been associated with bikers, rock bands, and metalheads, but they have become increasingly popular with all sorts of people.

Many people wonder about what it means to wear a skull ring and how they should wear them. In this article, we'll explore their meaning and give you some tips on how to wear them.

The Meaning of Skull Rings

Skull rings are not just a fashion statement. They have several meanings which can be different for various unique groups.

For example, skulls have ancient symbolic meanings in culture and philosophy but are more of a fashion statement for celebrities and goth culture. For many bikers, skull rings are a large part of the lifestyle and represent toughness and risk. Many people just like the way they look and want to wear them for style.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular associations.

Culture and Philosophy

In many cultures, the skull celebrates life and death. For example, in Mexico and Latin America, they are worn by those who celebrate the Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos - a holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away. Sugar skulls are used as decorations during this time and are commonly placed on altars dedicated to the deceased.

In philosophy, a phrase that dates back to the time of Socrates is still used today - "Memento Mori", a Latin phrase that translates to "remember that you will die". This phrase is often paired with a skull in art pieces and jewelry. It's a symbolic reminder that no one is immortal, and you should live life to the fullest and never let any moment pass you by.

Celebrity Associations

Skull rings were popularized by celebrities like Keith Richards and Johnny Depp. The trend really took off in the early 2000s when both stars were photographed wearing them, though Keith Richards has been wearing his famous skull ring - rightly dubbed "The Keith Richards Skull Ring" - for decades. Other notable celebrities known for sporting skull rings include Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper, and Billy Idol.


Bikers adore themselves some badass rings. They often wear rings that have personal significance, but a lot of them rock the skull ring as well. The lifestyle of bikers is rougher than your typical lifestyle, and skull rings symbolize the tough and dangerous image that goes along with it.

Additionally, skulls represent the freedom of riding on the open road. The road represents a place where they can forget about the everyday worries of life and just enjoy the ride. Though the road comes with freedom, it's not without its dangers. Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, and skulls are a reminder that every time they get on their bike, they're taking on at least some level of risk and danger.

And for some, that's part of the appeal.


Goths are no strangers to all things skulls. In fact, they probably have more skull-themed items than anyone else. Skull rings are just one of the many ways that goths express their love for all things dark and mysterious.

Types of Skull Rings

crossed hands wearing skull and animal rings

There are several different types of skull rings to choose from, ranging from a simple skull to a more elaborate ring where the skull is part of an even bigger design. There are even different skull types to choose from.

After you've scoped out a particular style, be sure to check out the links in the categories below, or if you just want to look around, browse our entire collection of skull rings. You'll find many options there to complement the ones discussed below.

Animal Skull Rings

ring of an octopus with a skull

Animal skull rings are a popular choice with a huge selection to choose from. Some of the most common include goats, rams, octopuses, bulls, and bats.

For those of you seafarers, Sons of Eden carries an octopus skull ring from the depths of the ocean. If you're looking for a large statement ring, we carry an absolute beast of a ram skull ring dubbed "King of the Mountain". And for you nocturnal lovers, we've got a bat head ring that's a really sleek piece.

If those aren't the perfect style for you, check out our collection of animal rings where you can find animal heads and other great rings incorporating animals into the design.

Human Skull Rings

square ring with a native american chief skull

In this category, you'll find rings such as the screaming skull or Indian Chief head, as well as a biker's skull we've named "The Rider", his partner "The Rebel", a spartan warrior who died at the hands of Xerxes, and several more.

Mythical & Demon Skull Rings

smiling horned demon ring

Mythical skull rings include apparitions from different mythologies and legends. You'll find a ring of a vampire ready to sink his teeth into you, a demon jester from the King's Court, and even the Grim Reaper himself, all of which make for some pretty amazing rings.

Classic Skull Ring Designs

ace of spades skull ring

One of our most searched-for rings is the ace of spades skull ring. The Ace of Spades has been a classic design for centuries and was a fearsome symbol used by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. This symbol is often associated with death, which makes it a perfect choice for a skull ring.

Another classic design from popular culture is the skull and bones ring. We've traded the crossbones for crossed swords and added a ship's wheel to the sides, making this a really cool choice for a pirate-themed skull ring.

How to Wear a Skull Ring

man resting arm on skull and wearing a skull ring

You've decided on a ring, but now you're wondering how you should wear it. If you're a biker, we'd say whatever finger isn't currently occupied by another ring!

Finger Placement

For those of you who might only be wearing one ring at a time, a popular finger to wear a skull ring on is the index finger. This is because the index finger is considered to be the strongest and most powerful finger, which is a perfect place to wear a bold ring.

However, you can wear a skull ring on any finger you want. It depends on your personal style and what you feel comfortable with. Some people opt to wear smaller ones on their pinky. The ring finger is also a good choice as it's a traditional location for many other rings.

Orientation: Inward facing or upside down?

Now you have to decide which direction you want your ring to face. Some people ask if you can wear it upside down. You can certainly wear a skull ring upside down, as opposed to wearing it with the skull facing inward toward your palm.

When the ring is worn upside down, it means that the wearer is daring and fearless. You are not afraid to show your true self, and the outward-facing skull is a sign that you face your fears head on.

Wearing a skull ring with the skull facing inward is also fine. After all, you've made the bold choice to wear a skull ring, and that means you've conquered any hesitation to be different than most people.

Metal Choices for Your Ring

silver and gold bars

Different metals are used to make skull rings, each one with its own perks and caveats to consider. Some factors you need to consider are cost, durability, maintenance, and personal appeal to you.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most affordable option so it's easier to try out different styles and keep under budget. Rings made from stainless steel are usually priced around $25-$45 depending on the size. They also resist scratches, are nearly unbreakable and do not tarnish easily. All of these benefits make stainless steel a great choice for a skull ring.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is a step up in price and can easily start at $100 or more per ring. It has a bit of shine to it which some people like, but it's not for everyone. It's not as scratch-resistant as stainless steel, does not resist tarnishing, and will require periodic cleaning and upkeep to remain looking its best. Sterling silver is still a good choice if you can commit to the upkeep and have the budget for it.


Gold is priced at the higher end because of how precious of a metal it is. You can easily expect to pay between $250-$1,000 for a gold ring. The higher the karat rate, the more expensive (and pure) the gold gets. Like sterling silver, gold is a soft metal, not scratch-resistant, and will require upkeep to keep it looking shiny and new. Gold is a good choice if you have a truly special ring you want to show off and don't mind the high price.

Still Scratching Your Skull?

We hope you have a better understanding of the meaning, different styles, and finger placement of skull rings. Maybe you've even found a perfect one to fit your style.

If you're still browsing, be sure to check out our skull rings mentioned in this article, or find more below. You'll get a wicked ring shipped fast and free straight from the heart of the Midwest, and our satisfaction guarantee. You can always reach out to us with any questions!

No matter what you choose, be sure to rock your choice with confidence. Thanks for reading, and be sure to share or comment if you liked it!

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  • Thanks for reading! I’m glad you found the article useful.

    Sons of Eden
  • Yesterday, here in southern Mexico where I live, I finally found the perfect solid silver skull ring for me! I am a professional hypnotist, so, first I got the price to less than 50% of asking, then, after I paid and got the receipt, I set my phone to take a new contact, when the sales girl finished selling my companion some ear rings, I handed it to her without a word, and she put in her full name and phone number. I do that all the time. Getting together with her next Friday, her day off. Reading this article, I have turned my ring upside down. Thank’s for the education Sons Of Eden.


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