While engagement rings traditionally get the most attention, fashion rings are every bit as deserving of being part of your regular wardrobe. Whether you want to make an aesthetic statement or put the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, fashion rings are a surefire way to do so. Consider this your go-to guide for picking out the fashion ring that best suits your style.
1. Figure Out Your Personal Style
First things first: Start by perusing fashion rings on Pinterest or at a jewelry boutique in person to see which styles resonate most with you. From Native American-inspired rings to antique rings to woven rings, there’s no shortage of styles, so spend a bit of time on looking at different pieces of jewelry from various designers to see what matches your style best. Make a list of your favorite ones to keep in mind as you shop for new looks.
2. Decide Whether You Want to Mix and Match
When it comes to figuring out how to wear a fashion ring, the sky’s the limit. Some fashionistas like wearing one main fashion ring at a time, while others prefer wearing several knuckle rings on one finger. Still others prefer a whole-finger ring. If you’re going for a more-minimalist style, you might want to limit yourself to one understated ring on each hand. If you want to be bolder, play around with putting several types of rings (such as floral or pearl ones, which are fun alternatives to gold or silver bands) on different fingers. Have fun mixing and matching different rings to figure out what looks good and feels right to you. There’s no need to keep things the same; you can also mix it up on a day-to-day basis so you’re always wearing an ensemble that looks fresh and unique.
3. Think About Colors
These days, you can find a ring in any color imaginable — and that’s part of the fun! You can easily stock up on the same ring in different shades or opt for just one color that will become part of your signature style. Start by thinking about which color of ring would look best with your skin tone: If you have a cool skin tone, you’ll want to go for light or white metals like white gold and silver; if you have warmer skin tones, you can choose yellow and rose gold or copper rings.
Next, think through which rings look good together. Gold looks best with warm earth tones (think amber) or pastel colors (like peridot). Antiqued brass (a darker version of raw brass) looks good with most colors, making it a versatile accessory for almost any outfit. Silver — which many jewelers consider the most-versatile metal — looks great with almost any color on the chart, even gold.
4. Start with the Basics (Then Build Your Collection)
If you’re just getting into the world of fashion rings, choose a simple gold band in an unexpected design (like an open geometric or stackable ring) as the base of your collection. That’s an understated accessory that can easily be worn every day of the year. For special occasions, consider investing in a trinity, topaz, or twisted diamond ring.
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Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.