Damascus Steel rings are made of two alternating types of stainless steel, forged together and worked by hand to produce vivid patterns. Each ring is unique and individual -- no two designs will look exactly alike. The steel is named after Damascus, the capital city of Syria, and was used for manufacturing sword blades. Production of these patterned swords gradually declined and the process was lost to metalsmiths. Today, Damascus Steel is produced by master craftsmen in the United States who mimic the old metalsmithing techniques.