These rings all struck me as unusual in some way. But fabulous, of course.
Here’s the ring that inspired this post. It’s insane. Almost off-putting. It looks like a blank ring was covered in glue and dropped into a jeweler’s work tray. But the longer I looked at it, the more I came to love it. It’s beautiful – an abstract collage of varicolored gemstones set in a platinum and diamond canvas.
If you look closely, can see that the emeralds and rubies are carved, tutti-frutti style. The varying opacity of the stones mean that this beauty would catch the light in a really interesting way. It’s an Art Deco dinner ring from 1925, and the lovelies it’s set with include carved emeralds, sapphires, rubies, amethysts, citrines, and diamonds. The whole melange is framed within a border of black enamel.
I would wear it. Let’s see some more unusual rings!
This ring looks like a porcupine trying to swallow an aquamarine that’s too large for its mouth. You know you see it too. But I mean that in the best way. It’s vintage, from the later part of the 20th century. With its ropelike mixed-metal details, baguette diamond accents, and giant aquamarine, I think this is an exceptionally cool piece.
This guy is really, seriously weird. Even the good folks at Lang Antiques aren’t sure what the figure is supposed to be (they identified him as “An ancient bearded ancestor of Gene Simmons (of the band Kiss),” which I am 99.9% sure is a joke). This unusual cameo, which is set in rose gold, is Victorian and does indeed feature a bearded man sticking his tongue out. I have a weakness for unusual cameos and I’d wear this one in a heartbeat.
I’m reasonably sure you don’t need me to explain to you what I love about this ring. But I will anyway: look at his little face!! Those ruby eyes are full of personality. That, and the incredible detailing of the gold – look at the horns, don’t they look like two elaborately coiled springs? And I love how the twisted motif goes all around the shank. This beauty is vintage, made Greece at an unknown date, and it’s set in 18 K gold.
If you’re hungry for more unusual rings, please revisit some of the memorable weirdos I’ve posted in the past, like the Chopard rubber duckie ring, the coral wizard ring, the diamond turkey ring, the Piaget cocktail-shaped cocktail rings, and Wallace Chan’s abstract serpentine masterpiece.
All of the pretties in this post were listed for sale at the fabulous Lang Antiques. All images and info are thanks to Lang.
I think the odd cameo is a “Green Man” portrait. It was a popular motif dating back to the first few centuries CE, and had a huge revival in Victorian times. What an interesting piece, for sure!
You may be right! It looks kind of Green Man-ish.
Charlotte Issyvoo says
Yes, weird. The pink thing reminds me of bug egg… in a good way?
Diamonds in the Library says
That makes an oddly large amount of sense.