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23 Reasons Why Pinky Rings Are on the Rise


The movie poster for The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (aka Part III) tells you all you need to know about the pinky ring’s checkered past: Michael Corleone wears what appears to be a gold signet ring on his right pinky finger, cementing the style’s reputation as an accessory for the gangster life.

Even though the pinky ring’s history goes back to the 19th century, when Victorian dandies and unmarried women in England wore diminutive bands to denote their disinterest in marriage, the ring style developed a connection to organized crime over the course of the 20th century, perhaps a result of its symbolic ties to family and the notion of loyalty.

Lately, however, pinky rings have transcended those dubious associations to become one of the hottest jewelry trends. No longer reserved for men (or mafia bosses), the style appears in countless iterations, from diamond-set signets to eye-catching enamel and gemstone combos. Check out the 23 pieces featured here for a sampling of just how varied the category has become.

Akaila Reid ring
Gypset ring in 18k yellow gold with 2.35 ct. tourmaline, $2,800; Akaila Reid
Ali Weiss ring
Square pavé signet ring in 14k white gold with 0.54 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,450; Ali Weiss
Alice Pierre Stella mini ring
Stella Mini ring in 14k yellow gold, $140; Alice Pierre
Aurelie G pinky ring
Lola diamond band in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $315; Aurelie Gi
Buddha Mama pinky ring
Evil eye skinny band in 20k yellow gold with sky blue enamel and diamond baguettes, $2,350; Buddha Mama
Christina Alexiou ring
Small protective ring in 18k yellow gold set with radiant brilliant-cut diamonds, $3,410; Christina Alexiou
EF Collection pinky ring
Hummingbird signet ring in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $1,050; EF Collection 
Emily P. Wheeler heart pinky ring
Lucy ring in 18k yellow gold with ombré pink sapphires, $2,400; Emily P. Wheeler 
Future Fortune ring
Vivienne ring in 18k gold with bezel-set indicolite tourmaline, $5,200; Future Fortune
Harwell Godfrey pinky ring
Hexed ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.79 ct. citrine; $3,250; Harwell Godfrey
Jade Ruzzo pinky ring
Mesa pinky ring in 18k yellow gold with jade, $3,600; Jade Ruzzo
Jemma Wynne pinky ring
Anniversary signet ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.8 ct. emerald and 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,975; Jemma Wynne 
Jolly Bijoux Otto Pinky Ring
Otto pinky ring in 14k rose gold with rainbow tourmaline baguettes, $1,700; Jolly Bijoux
Katherine Jetter unicorn ring
The Unicorn ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.24 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,200; Katherine Jetter
Lizzie Mandler pinky ring
Oval signet knife edge pinky ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.39 ct. diamond, $5,210; Lizzie Mandler
Mason and Books pinky ring
Sugar and Spice ring in 14k gold with tourmaline, turquoise, and diamonds, $4,750; Mason and Books
Mateo pinky ring
Secret Diamond initial ring in 14k yellow gold with crystal quartz and 0.72 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,325; Mateo
Muzo pinky ring
Signet pinky ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.6 ct. bezel-set emerald, $4,250; Muzo Emerald Colombia
Pasquale Bruni ring
Petit Garden ring in 18k white gold with diamonds, $3,000; Pasquale Bruni
Sydney Evan ring
Small Heart Tricon signet ring in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $2,355; Sydney Evan
Tabayer pinky ring
Oera ring in Fairmined 18k yellow gold with diamond, $2,300; Tabayer
Tara Hirshberg ring
Cocktail ring in 14k yellow gold with enamel and blue topaz, $3,000; Tara Hirshberg

Top: Cobblestone small signet ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. multishape diamonds, $2,550; Kwiat

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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