It’s a ring thing: The pieces to get your lifelong ring collection started, now
Over on the fashion desk, we love a ring. Me, personally? I love several. The 12 spherical pieces of wearable nostalgia that adorn my fingers have become so intrinsically linked to my being, that when ordered to take them off for an x-ray last week I felt immediately awash with an underlying angst.
The jewellery that usually sat atop of the glaringly stark, sun-deprived stripes on my fingers had been collected over a span of a decade. A solid silver, internally engraved thumb-ring from my mother sits next to a Vivienne Westwood band my best friends from Art College bought me. A Green Man symbolic of rebirth from my second dad sits above a Great Frog London heart and dagger ruby – a gift from an ex that has far outlived the relationship.
My rings don’t just serve as sentimental souvenirs, though. They also offer me a reassuringly-quiet confidence that no neck chain or bracelet ever has. While this may be, in part, because two of the pieces in question bare a little more than just a mild resemblance to the good ‘ol knuckledusters of Skinhead notoriety (PSA: this is by purely aesthetic design), it is also for their conversion initiating ability and capacity to make me look like I’ve made an effort, even when I categorically have not.
A decidedly unironed tee-shirt and some straight-leg denim? Basic, lazy, unpolished. The same again with the addition of shiny, heavy hands? Nonchalant and decidedly enigmatic. I think I’ve made my case. What I’m really trying to embolden here, is it’s time to put a ring on it and weave the humble ring into the personal handwriting style of your day-to-day wardrobe.
Whether you’re keen to ease yourself into a new form of accessorising with a singular statement-signet or you’re adding to an already significant collection, here are the biggest-fits of finger wear around right now. From the usual Fashion House suspects to the more curious-corners of the independent jewellery underground, Esquire’s here to coach you through 12 rounds in the ring, with a dozen of the best in classic, statement, minimalistic and just balls out garish rings to keep your digits looking dope. Heavy metal just got a whole new meaning.
Bleue Burnham at Matches Fashion, The Together Gold Ring, AED 2,123
Bottega Veneta, Gourmette Chain Ring, AED 2,350
Castro at Dover Street Market, Golden Heart Ring, AED7,354
Castro at Dover Street Market, Scorpion Signet Ring, AED9,455
Fraser Hamilton, 'Pointer' Ring, AED7,004
Gucci, Large Anger Forest Wolf Ring, AED1,358
Harumi x Goossens, Snake Signet Ring, AED2,303
Martyre at Farfetch, Sinner Stacked Diamond Ring, AED5,490
Saint Laurent, Two-Slope Striped Ring, AED950
The Great Frog London, Bowie Eye Ring, AED1,533
Tom Wood at Matches Fashion, Oval Gold-Plated Ring, AED4,481
Vivienne Westwood, Aaron Square Ring, AED794
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