Originally Posted by Chris B
They could be trying to be deceiving on purpose, but the rings don't look particularily magical or technological to me.
I'm also subscribing to the the theory that they're only meant to be symbolic, and maybe the Mandarin injects himself with the Extremis virus in order to go toe-to-toe with Iron Man.
Like in Sherlock holmes like the main villain in the first one was proven to be a fake. All his magic and all he did were just cheap tricks.