Since time immemorial, people have worn rings for reasons that run the gamut of beauty, status, affiliation and religion. Prehistoric cavemen are believed to have tied cords of braided grass around their mate’s wrists, ankles and waist to bring her spirit under their control, while Egyptians were once buried wearing a ring on the third finger of their left hand, which is believed to be directly linked to the heart.
In modern times, the ring continues to be a widely accepted symbol of matrimony but has also become a fashion staple in its own right. The hottest ring trend of the moment is the stackable ring look; think multiple rings on one finger or across several fingers. It may sound daunting to the uninitiated, so Inside offers three easy ways to help you pull it off with panache.
Made for each other
An easy place to start a stackable ring collection is at Pandora. The Danish maker of contemporary jewellery is completely on-trend with its extensive range of rings that complement one another. Pandora recommends doing this step by step — begin by choosing a ring that you really love and from there, search for matching styles. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the trend, you can start playing with different textures, patterns, gemstones and metals to create your own unique look.
If you need inspiration, the popular jewellery brand offers ring combination ideas, like ‘Imagination’, where a birthstone ring is worn between two white enamel rings. To visualise the look, visit their website’s Ring Designer section where you can mix and match to your heart’s content. When wearing multiple rings on one finger, however, there’s a chance that you may need to size up due to the natural contours of your fingers, so it would still be best to try on the rings in store.
Get a set
Stackable rings are fun because the possibilities are practically endless but that can be quite unnerving for beginners. If so, start with stacked ring sets from Lovisa. The fashion-forward jewellery and hair accessories retailer from Australia offers the Multi Shape Stack Set ($16), which is a collection of five rings, one for each finger. The set comes with a good mix of geometric and basic rings, which can be worn stacked or separately. The look is simple but not boring — perfect for helping the wearer ease into the trend.
If the idea of putting on multiple rings sounds like a hassle, consider the double-band ring. Think of it as a two-in-one ring which offers the illusion of two separate rings when won. Goldheart, one of the largest jewellery chains in Singapore, offers a selection of double-band rings as part of its beautiful Glitz collection. Most of the rings in this collection feature simple, thin bands in black or white gold, accentuated by diamonds. The look is decidedly modern and the double-band rings are understated enough for the office. Wear them on their own, then go from day to night by stacking on a bold statement ring.
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