The last few studio sessions were all about making rings, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better 🙂 This was a perfect opportunity for me to take a small break from my own jewelry line journey and explore the wide world of jewelry out there.
Rings, in my opinion, are at the core of jewelry making. It is not a coincidence that they often symbolize our most significant life events, such as marriage or the attainment of a profession (think about those pinkie rings of engineers).
While brainstorming ideas for the ring I wanted to create in class, I realized just how many different types and styles I had in my personal collection.
Statement rings are the first type that comes to mind; and indeed, I seem to have one for every occasion. You can always count on a statement ring to add a fun flirty touch to your entire appearance. Worn right, it can be the single piece that accentuates your personal style and draws the onlooker’s gaze, while still looking effortless and not overdone. When I wear one, I tend to go for simple and minimalistic style for the rest of my jewelry, as I generally follow the rule of having a single focal point for my looks.
Another style, and one of my personal favorites, is stacked rings. A few thin delicate rings can be worn on the same finger or scattered across several ones, to create beautiful combinations and to add grace and sophistication to any look. This is the style I usually gravitate towards for my day-to-day looks. I like to start with one finger as the grounding point and to “work my way up”.
Some rings may not be overly exciting; however, these clean, simple pieces contribute to a harmonious, wholesome look when another jewelry or clothing item is chosen as the accent feature.
When it comes to color, rings offer many creative ways to incorporate it. Some designers, for example, like to combine different metal types and finishes to achieve interesting color interplays. I personally like to keep it simple with only one type of metal, and, when the piece calls for it, to add a touch of color using different materials. Gemstones, for example, can be a great solution for an otherwise plain design. They also look awesome with a more sophisticated outfit. Sometimes, on more relaxed occasions but when I still want to bump up my look a few notches, I wear my vintage rings that incorporate pretty gemstones into unique and intricate designs.
Regardless of the style you choose, the aspect of rings that makes them a winning piece in my books is the fact that you can spend your entire day staring at them 🙂 It’s one of the few jewelry items that the wearer can easily see without needing a mirror (or without cracking their neck). So, don’t forget to add that little touch of sparkle to your daily routine!
Having said all that, I still haven’t decided what type of ring I will be making during this week’s class 🤔 Anyway, as always, you are welcome to leave your comments and thoughts, which will hopefully inspire me to make a decision!