Whilst it may not seem like it, buying a wedding ring is quite possibly the hardest thing about the wedding day. When you’re hoping to wear the ring for the rest of your life, you can be sure you’ll want to get it right. 500 Rings may sound like it will muddy the waters by offering too much choice but it doesn’t. Instead the book is stuffed with images of some of the most stunning, creative and concept rings out there. I found it helped hone my tastes rather than confuse them.
Naturally, being a book about wedding rings, there are plenty of your diamond solataire affairs but also plenty of adaptions experimenting with new shapes, materials and engineering. Some of the most charming designs are also the most simple such as Patrick Malotki’s heart rings where a tiny shape is etched out of each ring. It looks random but put the pair together and it becomes a miniature heart. Then there’s the Georgia Vandewater ‘Joined’ rings which feature cut outs so that the rings can join.
Then there’s the concept rings bearing arty messages such as Elisa Gulminelli’s credit card fashioned rings and Cassandra L. Foral’s ironic ‘Mine is bigger than yours’ cubic zirconia ring replete with hand crank.
If you’re looking for inspiration, especially if you’re thinking of having a bespoke ring designed, this book has plenty of images to help determine what you want.
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