I don’t know much in this world. I know that gin and tonics prevent malaria, I know that if it doesn’t last longer than a Ramones song you don’t have to add him to your How Many Have You list and I know that –as I’ve said before– life is too short for small jewelry.
This past weekend Twistie was talking about rings the size of snails and that got me thinking about doing another rings post since the last one was so popular.
I wrote a while ago that people think costume jewelry is inherently Less Than fine jewelery (i.e., jewelry made exclusively with precious or semi-precious materials) but it ain’t necessarily so. First of all most of the fine jewelry you can get at malls is so treated and ballsed up that it doesn’t deserve the name, much less the price tag. Secondly, better costume jewelry holds its value as well as if not better than run-of-the-mill fine jewelry in the collectors’ market.
Unfortunately, Miss Plumcake has large hands and most decent costume rings in the shops only come in one size and that one size is not Plumcake-sized at all. Enter HSN.com. HSN knows a good thing when it sees it and quickly figured out that one size does not fit all, and so offers most of its amazing rings up to a size 10 or even 12.
So, let’s take a look at a few sparklies that have been catching my eye, shall we? I believe they’re all under $100 with many well under $50. Bonus!
I luh-uve the first because it’s totally something I would wear, particularly as I love amber and citrine colors on rings and –fun fact– snails are totally my totem animal. The second one isn’t quite my style but I wanted to toss something in for the silver lovers among you.
Of course you can’t talk about costume jewelry without bringing up the Fake It ’til You Make It trope. Eh, I don’t really have a burning desire to buy or have bought for me one of those cute little clover-shaped Van Cleef and Arpels rings, but this amethyst-colored jobber gives the same feel for a lot less dosh, plus it’s different enough not to feel like a knock-off.
See also the Cartier leopard. Cartier has been making gorgeous jewel-and-enamel leopards for probably close to a century now and they are iconic. So too are the Kenneth Jay Lane leopards that followed them. While The vintage Kenneth Jay Lane ones fetch a pretty penny this ring by Adrienne is a quite nice homage to Joaillier des Rois, Roi des Joailliers without the royal price.
SPEAKING of enamel, I love the stuff. It’s such an elegant look and people hardly wear it anymore, which is a shame. I particularly like enamel “figurals” like these floral rings (the green one is my favorite ring of this batch, click to see more)
Of course not all enamel has to be figural, and not all figurals have to be enamel. Witness this fab Op Art number and below, a jewel-encrusted Foo Dog which reminds me exactly of something Miss Myrna Loy would’ve worn in the outstanding pre-code Mask of Fu Manchu
Finally I’ll leave you with possibly my favorite style of day-wear ring –generally speaking one does not want to wear a cocktail ring before cocktail hour– the dome ring.
I particularly love this green one because if you look closely at the dome, you’ll see it’s done in a snakeskin treatment, which makes sense since it’s from Carlos Falchi and he does exotics better than anyone this side of Hermès but I wouldn’t kick the bold nautical-feeling blue enamel number out of my hammock for eating kippers. Enjoy!