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I like jewelry, a lot, but on the average day my accessories are pretty minimal. Now don’t get me wrong: I have plenty of over the top statement pieces to go with the occasional night out -I mean, it is the closest thing to grown-up dress up-, but for your average Wednesday? I have some pretty pieces, but they’re subtle and small enough to not get caught up on things as I move about. One of the hardest things for me to wear is rings. I craft, I type, I bake, I work with my hands all the time, and until I got married, rings were too much of a hassle to work with.
Lately however, I’ve been thinking about how I eventually got used to my wedding band (so much so that I feel naked without it), and I was thinking I might want to add a delicate right hand ring to my daily ensemble. It would be something that would make me feel a little special, and since it’d be small, it’d be less likely that it would be cumbersome. Plus, I looked at them on my phone once and now I am getting all sorts of shop ads on my Instagram feed. So many wonderful companies, and so many pretty things! How is a girl supposed to decide? Since I’ve been considering this addition a little more seriously, I’ve started to compile a list of options, some at all price points, and these are a few of my current top contenders.
- Petite Double Moonstone Ring – Moonstone Magic Jewelry
- Moon Guardian Ring – Catbird
- Butterfly Diamond Band – Audry Rose
- Opal Diamond Ring – Free People
- Marquise Ring – Tippy Taste
- Dainty Set – Rose & Choc
- Cluster Ring – Ferko’s Fine Jewelry
- Teardrop Diamond & Topaz Stack – Nordstrom
- Art Deco Band – Gems Box
So far #3 and #7 are the front runners, but they’re both at a high enough price point that I am disinclined to just go out and buy one of them without a good reason. I figure my birthday is a few months away and I should probably wait until then. That’ll also ensure that I won’t spend all that money on something that I end up not wearing.
I’ve never been one to wear a lot of rings. I did try to do the hippy loads of sliver rings thing in college, but that didn’t last very long. I work with my hands a lot, baking, and crafting; heck, in college, I was sewing, drafting, and embellishing things left and right. With my short stubby fingers, rings just felt like they got in the way, and constantly taking them off and putting them back on during a project seemed, frankly, like a waste of time. It’s one of the reasons I have a modest engagement ring and wedding band set, and it still took the better part of a year to get used to them. So when I talk about liking a ring, it’s a pretty big deal; it has to be something special to turn my head. The Secret Wood ring collection did just that. Yes, they are on the bulkier side, but they look like rings from fairy tales long ago or the cat collar necklace bauble from Men in Black. Tiny worlds contained within a simple object.
Incredible, right? My favorites, of course, are the ones with flowers, but I think all of them are something special. Plus, no two are exactly alike, so each ring is a unique piece of art.
Images from here.
Through the years I’ve accumulated a pretty diverse jewelry collection. I have Nepalese bracelets I brought from a street vendor in Savannah, star ruby earrings made from gemstones I went panning for in North Carolina, and friendship necklaces left over from high school. Most of my pieces are inexpensive, the stones are real, but not gemstone quality, and they are gold plated vs. 24k. I have been carefully collecting and preserving the few nice things that have made it my way, like the matching pearl necklace, earrings & bracelet that my mom and aunt gave me for my sixteenth birthday. Currently, my more valuable pieces have all been gifts, but I am starting to look at investing in a few simple things like these stack-able rings from Catbird.
In the grand scheme of things, these rings aren’t really all that expensive, but since I want to purchase several of them….they sort of add up. Side note: I am finding myself oddly attracted to rose gold as of late.
Images from here.