I’m intensely particular about jewellery. I’m not bothered about carats or metals or clarity, and I rarely pay more than £10 for a piece. But I’m very sure of what I like, and what I like usually prompts gasps of horror or exclamations of ‘what on EARTH is that on your hand?!’ from my bejewelled grandmother. You see, where she wears delicate gold bands and sparkling emeralds, I wear stag heads and faux fossils.
Rings are my thing. I have far too many of them – they cover my dressing table, spilling out from vintage teacups. I love big statement pieces; things that look a bit weird or could cause serious injury when worn. My one bit of bling – my diamond engagement ring – often sits beside an owl or something with spikes. Just take a look at (a small portion of) my collection…
My only traditional piece is my engagement ring, which is a Platinum band with a sparkly diamond and a twist inset. It sits pride of place on its own heart-shaped plate, which I picked up at a car boot.
My current favourites sit in this hand painted porcelain bowl (another car boot find). My favourite place to buy rings is Primark – they cost between £1-2 and if you hunt around you can find some real gems. The stag head, turquoise stone and gold embossed styles are all Primark.
More rings are kept in an assortment of vintage teacups (all car boot and charity shop purchases). H&M’s jewellery collection is another favourite – the reflective gold square is my latest purchase. Topshop have some beautiful designs but I find they’re the quickest to lose their coating and turn my fingers green. Miss Selfridge are great for jewellery sales and last Christmas I stocked up on finger fancies for less than £20. Online, I love Me & Zena for their cute and quirky styles.
Slipping on an oversized, over-the-top ring gives an instant boost to the most boring of outfits – it’s my sartorial saviour when I’m feeling lazy or uninspired. What about you – are rings your thing?
PS – The effect on my photos is called Pale and Bright, and is taken from this brilliant feature on Photoshop actions. Get ’em all!