Friendship Ring

The Sun Stone ceremony for Gwenevere

The Circle of Friendship, or just the Friendship Ring ceremony, is a concept in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. It is featured in the episodes "Jewel Quest, Part II", "Dreamfields", and "Full Circle".

For many generations, young people and animals have felt the wonder and joy of receiving an Enchanted Jewel in a revered ceremony. A youngster, usually between the ages of 12 to 18, is eligible. The boys normally always bond with the giant wolves and join the Pack, Knight Protectors of the Crystal Palace. The girls bond with uniquely different magnificent creatures to become the Jewel Riders.

Merlin decides which lucky teenager is ready to bond with an animal. The decision is made by matching the properties of the Enchanted Jewel with the particular attributes of the child. The animal and child that resonate the strongest light and sound from the Enchanted Jewel is the chosen pair.

Those attending the ceremony in the Friendship Ring at the Enchanted Gardens of the Crystal Palace, sing the song of friendship and the Jewel magically separates into two halves. One half is worn by the youngster, the other half is worn by the animal. The Jewels resonate with a warm light that reflects the shared feelings of the pair, allowing them to communicate telepathically.

The teenager becomes responsible for the care and grooming of the animal and the animal provides strength, loyalty and constant emotional support for its human friend, becoming their inner conscience and "guardian angel". Their loyalty to one another becomes strong and pure, their friendship so close they can feel what each other is thinking without even talking.

The Circle is invoked by saying: "With all the power of the generations that have come before, and all the generations that will follow, the circle will turn. With the strength of friendship, we call upon the magic of Avalon. Long shall it be used for goodness.”

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