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This ring was made from an antique brass metal button carrying the symbol of the ancient coat of arms of South-Africa. It is a piece of history.

The motto, in Latin, Ex unitate vires, is translated as "unity is strength".
Ironically the true sense of this motto and what it stands for, it's eternal and unchangeable meaning, was never realized under the Apartheid regime which in fact did separate the people.

The first coat of arms was granted by King George V by Royal Warrant on 17 September 1910. This was a few months after the formation of the Union of South Africa.
It was a combination of symbols representing the four provinces (formerly colonies) that made up the Union.
The first quarter is the figure of Hope, representing the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope.
The two wildebeests of the second quarter represent Colony of Natal.
The orange tree in the third quarter was used as the symbol of the Orange Free State Republic.
The wagon in the fourth quarter represented the Transvaal.
The supporters are taken from the arms of the Orange River Colony and the Cape Colony.
The lion holds four rods, bound together, symbolizing the unification of the four former colonies.

After South Africa became a free country the motto was changed and the old coat of arms was replaced.
The new motto ǃke e: ǀxarra ǁke is written in the Khoisan language of the ǀXam people and translates literally to "diverse people unite".

Diverse people unite. Unity is Strength. That is what the ring really stands for.
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EX UNITATE VIRES - UNITY IS STRENGTH ANTIQUE METAL BUTTON RING, South Africa

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  • Materials: vintage metal button, brass
  • Ships worldwide from South Africa
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