Christmas jewelry gift list #1
Christmas is approaching, with all the lights, the trees, the colors (and food…) I love. This is one of my absolutely favorite times of the year!
The jewelry industry also loves this season, given it easily represents more than 50% of yearly revenues. It is jewelry season par excellence and here I am doing my bit to make sure it goes well!
So, ladies and gentlemen, get ready for Sílvia’s ultimate guide to buying the right piece of jewelry this Christmas.
You know, it’s not all altruism here… I secretly hope this will be read by someone who is too busy to think gifts over properly or to source “that thing you have been talking about these past few months?!”
Anyway, I love researching the jewelry market and thinking where and how to wear the pieces that catch my attention, as well as who would really appreciate them.
Today, I am thinking about …
the ring collector
Rings are one of the best-selling forms of jewelry not only due to their romantic symbolism but also because they are many women’s favorite. I have a few friends that will wear the same pair of earrings for years but indulge their love for jewelry in the form of a well curated and stylish ring collection.
After all, hands are also a vehicle of self-expression, part of the way we communicate with others. The choice of rings we wear conveys a message about who we are and what we stand for, as much as about the occasion and mood.
Here is an eclectic selection that aims at covering most of the moments of wear as well as personal tastes.
1. Hot lips, by Solange Azagury-Partridge
The Hot Lips ring is an iconic piece by a contemporary jewelry designer that has conquered her way into museums’ collections, not to mention the jewelry boxes of a few of the most fashionable women in the world. It is available in many different enamel colors, as well as a few pavé options.
Solange‘s jewelry is meant to be seen. It brings together art and femininity in a unique way. It is “in your face” and it has sense of humor and should be offered to women who share those characteristics.
2. Fantasie Sunset Starfish, by Wendy Yue (available at Annoushka)
This is a glamorous party piece of jewelry. A warm, sunny ring.
The pavé work in this Wendy Yue ring is delicate, the brown diamonds’ backdrop softens the form but does not take away its richness. The Fantasie Sunset Starfish ring is not the most intricate work of this Hong Kong native known for her dreamy designs but, for me, one of the most attractive.
3. Ottoman signet ring, by Annoushka
The scale of Annoushka‘s Ottoman Signet ring makes it a great choice for everyday wear. It has dimension, personality and the taste of exotic memories.
Part of an equally interesting collection of earrings and pendants, this ring will feel as much at ease combined with a pair of jeans over the weekend as with a skirt suit for work. A very versatile choice, sure to be enjoyed by the more conservative to the more adventurous wearer, as is the case with most of Annoushka‘s jewelry designs.
4. Love Knot ring with blue sapphires, by Finn (available at Ylang23)
The Love Knot ring is a delicate design, appropriate for someone who prefers a more classic look. Finn has issued a fashionable revival of the knots that were popular when I was a kid. It comes in different combinations of metal and stones but I think the blue sapphires contribute to enhance the shape beautifully and add an heirloom feel that is quite appealing.
5. Grupo Corpo collection, by H. Stern
Every good jewelry brand has its trademark skills. The way H. Stern works gold has become as emblematic in the brand’s jewelry designs as the use of Brazilian colored stones.
This is one of my favorite rings from the Grupo Corpo Collection, a number of designs inspired by the Brazilian dance troupe with the same name. Large as it is, the soft colors of the gold alloys and the brushed finish make this ring appear to be floating in your hand, just like the skirt of a ballerina.
Sculptural but not aggressive. Lovely but not prim. Great design!
6. Siren stacking rings, by Monica Vinader
The concept of stacking is everywhere nowadays and no ring collection would be complete without an example of that.
Monica Vinader is, slowly but surely, taking over the space of easy and fun to wear jewelry that actually feels like jewelry. With the Siren stacking collection, Monica brings us smaller and irregular shaped stones that are extremely practical for everyday use. The wide band with white topaz looks perfect on its own and even better with a few companions, either in a colorful take on the look (as shown above) or a more monochrome option.
Perfect for everyone, just decide whether to go for the yellow gold or the silver look.
Where to shop
Just in case you haven’t noticed: you can shop right from this post.
I am a firm believer in online shopping for the variety of choice and the convenience of the process. I like to buy what I want, not what is available as it happens in most stores, specially when you don’t live in one of the great retail centers.
So, all rings but one are available for purchase from anywhere in the world, at the links provided. The H.Stern website, unfortunately, keeps the e-shopping option reserved to Brazilian customers.