Let’s talk about the not-so-recent influx of knuckle rings festooned across more fingers than I can count, (though I do understand that using my fingers only amounts to another ten fingers,) shall we?
Daintier jewelry makes a far better winter case–we all know this. The science is simple: chunkier bracelets remain uncomfortably hidden under sweaters and large finger fragments make wearing gloves harder than three-day-old K-9 feces. We all know this too, right? And that once temperatures begin rising and we have the opportunity to whip back out our (registered) big guns, we will rejoice. Right again?
WRONG! SO WRONG! SUPER EXTREMELY VIOLENTLY WRONG!
Cocktail rings are essentially for only femlae medical anomalies–women who have cocks or those who have tails or genetic lottery winners who have both cocks and tails. It’s been years since I, for one, have last sought out a cocktail ring (and even then, it was only–in true blinded-by-the-label fashion–of the Yves Saint Laurent arty oval variety,) but it’s only been months since I’ve forfeited my right to ring-wearing securely in favor of keeping shit above the fold, so to speak.
So what does it mean? Is the evolution of accessorizing just taking us in the direction of daintier, “fashion forward fine,” in place of thicker brass? I’ve personally adopted a mantra that goes, if I can’t shower in it, I don’t want to wear it. But maybe that’s not it, maybe we’re growing tired of using the conventional limbs to decorate our canvases (see also: the ear cuff boom) and haven’t yet been able to digest a toe-ring resuscitation.
Frankly, I’m not sure if you find your limbs facing a similar transition and your own personal hunger transcending the days of our preaching go big or go home in favor of the little guys above (yes, the ones pervading toothbrushes and bequeathing monocles to punk dogs, etc,) but in the event you do, sit back, relax, and stay a little while. We’ve got rings on rings for days.
Ring credits as documented according to slide #9: on left hand starting from pinky: Mark Henry Alexandrite flower, Vita Fede spike rings. Khai Khai snake ring on knuckle, Khai Khai handcuff rings across middle and index finger. Above index finger: skinny bands from a nondescript shop in LA though Anita Ko makes them too. On right hand starting from pinky: Jennifer Fisher charm ring, Catbird knuckle rings, Mark Henry diamond band with little baby Alexandrite nuggets, Khai Khai stock market ring. Jennifer Zeuner rings across middle and ring finger, Alexa Leigh ring on index finger. Photos by Naomi Shon.