Fact: I have approximately a million friends getting married this year. It’s just an estimate, but it’s more or less accurate.
Fact: My friend Sarah is writing a blog about her wedding planning exploits – Maybe We Should Elope.
Fact: Today is Valentine’s Day, which is all about expressing your love.
Fact: If my television is to be believed, the best way to express love is by buying women shiny things, especially diamonds and rings.
Fact: My television never lies.
Fact: I’ve recently become a little obsessed with jewelry.
Fact: I didn’t have a post planned for today.
Fact: I love to procrastinate by surfing Etsy.
In light of the evidence, I think it’s only logical that today’s post involves a total shirking of my snarking duties. Instead, I’m going to post pictures of pretty rings that I found on Etsy. Think of it as a very, very last-minute gift guide. Alternately, it’s a chance to stare at more pictures of shiny things, which really, who doesn’t need that on a Monday?
I love these weirdly deconstructed rings. I really want to buy a bunch of the Back to Roots rings, because I could definitely find hours of entertainment stacking and restacking the color combinations. The Stone Petal ring isn’t my style, but it was too unusual not to include. The meteorite stacking rings are a really cool idea and a nice way to have dimensions on a ring without bothering with a stone.
These rings are all giant. I know I’ve said before I don’t like cocktail rings, but I think that’s mostly because I don’t like the giant cheesy glass stones. If you’ve got to wear a giant ring, wear something real, like these rings. I love the texture of the hammered copper ring, and the opal ring and drusy gemstone ring will offer me hours of entertainment as I stare at their hypnotically shiny surfaces.
My aforementioned friend Sarah’s fiancé bought her ring from Kyleanne Metals, and these three rings are almost as pretty as her engagement ring. I love the gold twisted band in the Simple Elegance rings, especially when combined with the other silver rings. And I have never before liked pearl jewelry until the Pure ring – it is so simple and … well … pure … I would definitely wear this ring (maybe with the Simple Elegance rings). Kyleanne’s rings are now on my “When I have disposable income” wish list.
Left: Fairytale Treasures Solid Silver Cherry Opal and Ruby Ring – $75
Center: Fairytale Treasures Blue Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring – $125
Right: Fairytale Treasures Blue Sapphire Rose Gold Ring – $400
I’m a little obsessed with sapphires of late (my boyfriend and I went sapphire mining this summer and I have a few loose stones sitting around that I need to get cut and set into a pretty shiny thing). I had to weed through a lot of sapphire rings to pick out just these two, but I really like both even though they’re very different. The rose gold one is my favorite because of all the detailing, but the sterling silver ring has a very “Dallas” feel to it. The opal and ruby ring is thrown in because it’s got so much pink, and for a Valentine’s Day post, there hasn’t been a lot of red and pink.
Left: Victorian Spirit Rings Antique Victorian Cameo Ring – $265
Center: Victoriant Spirit Rings Antique Victorian Garnet and Emerald Ring – $285
Right: Victorian Spirit Rings Antique Victorian Amethyst, Garnet, Emerald and Opal Ring – $895
I am obsessed with all three of these rings now, especially the $900 one. I have expensive tastes, apparently. The cameo ring is really cute, though, and is a step above the usual knockoffs you could buy from Forever 21 because of the metal detailing. The emeralds in both the garnet rings are appealing because not only are they my birth stone, but I love the color pairing. I might start selling organs to get that $900 ring.
Left: Lonestar Estates European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring – $310
Center: Lonestar Estates Fine Vintage Navette Style Diamond Cocktail Ring – $625
Right: Camellia Collection Art Deco Diamond Ring – $5,050
I had originally planned on doing a whole engagement ring section, but then I got bored and found way too many other rings. Plus, anyone can find diamond rings. Even still, I had to include a few. I love the two deco-style rings, but the engagement ring is a nice classic piece (and a reasonable price for someone who wants a diamond ring, regardless of stone size). My favorite is, again, the most expensive one, but I definitely can live without a $5,000 diamond ring (good thing my grandmother doesn’t read this blog, she’d smack me for saying such blasphemy).