Ten eternally on-trend rings from top designers
Fashion trends change with every season; luckily, you can rock these 10 iconic ring designs year-round. Whether you prefer vintage gems with a royal pedigree or a fresh take on the stacked ring look, these must-have pieces are a fit for sunny summer fiestas, toasty winter soirées, and beyond.
Modern movement: Yael Sonia
Nearly all of Yael Sonia’s jewelry incorporates some form of entrancing movement — they make a dynamic style statement. Sonia, a Boston-born, Parsons School of Design–trained jeweller, spent part of her childhood in Brazil and now divides her time between São Paulo and New York. The blue topaz gem in this 18-carat yellow-gold ring ($US7100 or $A8950) moves along with the wearer.
Bold colour: Pomellato
A perfectly bold cocktail ring illuminates any ensemble. Pomellato’s refreshingly colourful Ritratto rings boast luscious amethysts — a gem that transitions well from summer to fall — framed in smooth rose gold and secured with diamond-covered prongs ($US12,100 or $A15,265).
Stylishly stacked: Maniazamani
You don’t have to heap on every ring in your jewellery box to get this look. Sport the “stacked” trend with ease with this angular 18-carat yellow gold-and-diamond Unity ring ($US11,400 or $A14,385) from Maniazamani — a line named for its Tehran-born, New York–based founder, Mania Zamani.
Dazzling signet ring: Shay
Put your name in lights — or at least, in diamonds — with Shay Fine Jewelry’s 18-carat rose-gold Initial Octagon Disk ring ($US5040 or $A6365). Ladan and Tania Shayan, the Los Angeles–based mother-and-daughter team, will customise this contemporary signet ring to reflect the initials of you or the one you love.
Modern marquetry: Silvia Furmanovich
We are simply mesmerised by the wood marquetry in Silvia Furmanovich’s designs. The Brazilian designer’s incredibly intricate patterns call to mind geometric artwork — as shown in this graphic black, white, and grey rounded-top ring (price upon request, available at Bergdorf Goodman).
Vibrant vintage: Historical Design
Standout vintage rings are always in style. This Art Deco onyx and platinum Zig Zag ring ($US19,500 or $A24,625) from New York’s vintage jewellery and art house Historical Design is structured without being stuffy. Plus, it comes with a noble pedigree — the ring was made by German jewellery brand House of Koch, a designer that supplied jewels to the Russian, Italian, and German royals. Historical Design is known for its extensive repertoire of 20th-century gems and recently debuted a new space on the Upper East Side, a boutique within the new Carlyle Hotel.
Fresh pearls: Mizuki
Mizuki Goltz’s take on pearl jewellery is completely refreshing. The designer’s one-of-a-kind, 18-carat yellow-gold ring’s unusual, elongated, yellow baroque South Sea pearl ($US11,470 or $A14,490) makes a modern statement that speaks to the progression of pearls in today’s jewellery scene. The piece is part of the New Yorker’s exclusive new Privé collection.
Wearable diamonds: Sidney Garber
Iconic jewellery house Sidney Garber is legendary for its exceptionally chic, wearable designs. These diamond-covered Rosebud rings, fashioned in 18-carat white gold ($US19,500 or $A24,625) and rose gold ($US18,000 or $A22,730), are fitting for everyday wear. Their delicate sparkle lends a touch of elegance to a range of looks — from a late-summer sundress to a crisp collared shirt and jeans.
Animal instincts: Paul Morelli
Imaginative animal-themed jewellery is at once powerful and provocative, perfect for today’s trendsetters. We love Paul Morelli’s coiled 18-carat-gold snake ring, which is coated with four carats of white diamonds ($US24,000 or $A30,300).
Natural Wonders: Bibi van der Velden
Innovative interpretations of natural materials continue to turn heads and set trends. When it comes to using unusual natural materials, Bibi van der Velden is in a league of her own. The Dutch designer’s celebrated Scarab Collection has found a new use for the insect’s wings — typically discarded in Thailand where they are a delicacy. The results are remarkable; the scarab’s recycled iridescent wings translate beautifully to a unique collection of fine jewellery. Van der Velden’s 18-carat yellow-gold and silver scarab ring is a stunning piece, made all the more dazzling by the delicate placement of a few brown diamonds (price upon request).