Whoever becomes the new pope, one thing is certain: he'll wear a new papal ring -- a unique piece of jewelry that is cast for each pope.
Keep clicking for a look at some of the golden jewelry adornments worn by Catholic officials. Seen here is Pope Emeritus, then-Pope Benedict XVI, waving to the faithful as he leaves St Peter's Square at the end of his final general audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. His ring is known as The Fisherman's Ring, a reference to St. Peter who was a fisherman and church founder.
The hands of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI are seen after he arrived on September 22, 2011 at the Tegel airport in Berlin. The former pope, German-born Joseph Ratzinger, is now known as Pope Emeritus. According to the goldsmith that created his ring, the former pope's ring will be crossed out. Traditionally, the rings were destroyed with a hammer.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI puts on the Fisherman's Ring during his first mass in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 24, 2005. He was Roman Catholic Church's 265th pope, and since his retirement, is known as Pope Emeritus.