I cover the topic again in the video below, which includes some additional commentary from Jim, as well as reader Andy Weaver, on the matter. After the original post, Jim added this info, on a visit to a Swartzentruber Amish family in Michigan:
In October we stopped and visited for a short time. After we left, my wife said one of the girls (probably in her 20’s) was wearing a ring. I didn’t even notice that. But yesterday, I did notice one on the daughter-in-law I was talking to. She was probably in her 30’s.
I asked about the ring and she said they sometimes wear rings. It’s not a wedding ring or one worn for health reasons. It appears that some of the Swartzentruber women in the area wear rings for no particular reason.
Andy Weaver added this interesting anecdote on the original post:
I grew up in a Swartzentruber Amish setting. Copper rings amongst the youth were very common in our circles. We did not view “finger rings” (as we called them) as jewelry. Even though that is the real reason we wore them.
I remember us boys polishing our rings during church services by rubbing them against our rubber shoe soles. . Some families didn’t allow them. But I don’t remember the issue ever being a controversial one.
Watch below or check the link at top if you missed it the first time and prefer to read about it. Runtime: 4:00.