The custom of giving and receiving finger rings dates back over approximately 6,000 years. People of all classes wore rings and for many different reasons. It could represent ones family by bearing some particular crest, or identify a social status. Members of the mafia wore rings on their little fingers, while the kings would always put them on the index fingers. One of our fingers is even named the “ring” finger, following the worldwide wedding tradition.
Most of the rules and constraints have practically disappeared over the years, and now hardly any protocol applies (unless you’re a royalty, of course). Having become a way of self-expression more than anything else, finger rings is a vast niche for jewelry designers.
Today we can choose from countless of rings, but let’s take a look at some of the most creative and unusual ones. Which one would land on your finger?
Ring Bottle Opener
“This stylish finger ring doubles as a handy bottle opener. Made from stainless steel, the Ring Thing is comfortable to wear, guaranteed for life, and easy to use.”
An oversized ring that doesn’t fall off the finger. (Designer: Atsushi Yamamoto)
“The longest key on (Key) Ring actually unlocks metalsmith L. Matthew Trotter’s car door. The fabricated piece is made of found brass, brass car keys, and sterling silver.” (Designer: L. Matthew Trotter)
Bird Nest Ring
“This hand made oxidized sterling silver bird’s nest ring is made with several feet of wire that has been crimped and cajoled into a bird’s nest which holds three glowing little freshwater pearls.” (Designer: Cindy Roth)
I LOVE YOU in Braille
“The balls spell the words I LOVE YOU in braille writing and can be felt on the in or outside.” (Designer: Eva Bruggman)
Space Invaders Ring
“These little buggers are trying to hide behind pixels!” (Designer: Tjep)
Unique Jewelry for DJs
“Inspired by urban lifestyle and hip-hop culture, Darkloud Silver has created a unique line of DJ jewelry.” (Designer: Darkloud Silver)
The patented Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel. It features micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun (as can be seen in the video below). The ring has been designed by Kinekt Design based in NYC.
I (Thou) Ring
“Jeweler connects the world of stones and precious metals with the history of art, science and architecture.” (Designer:Philippe Tournaire)
“By presenting this familiar object [diamond ring] in a new light, this body of work explores and questions the meanings and myths surrounding the conventional diamond ring.” (Designer: Greg Sims)
Creative Rings by Smiling Silver Smith
“Silver rings to make you smile.” (Designer: Smiling Silver Smith)
Brass Lighter Ring
Designer: Monserat de Lucca
Nut and Bolt Wedding-Ring
Designer: Kiley Granberg