Britt’s Pick: Deborah Pagani’s Emerald-Cut Honey Ring



This year has brought its share of new or revived jewelry trends, out of necessity for the moment or in sync with regular cyclical fashions. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our love for luscious yellow gold—the chunkier, the better. Though delicate, easy-wear pieces have been a hallmark of life in quarantine (read: nearly all of 2020), thick, rich gold still possesses that gravitational pull.

One such example of an especially magnetic jewelry offering is a ring from New York designer Deborah Pagani, a new take on her signature Honey motif.

Inspired by antique beehive-shape honey pots, the ring is rich with comforting curves, like a puffer coat in the dead of winter. Five rows of domed lines, the thickest at the center, pile high in what looks like a stack of rings (“Fiiiiiive golden riiiiiiings!” for you carolers), which cohesively comes together in one statement style that might appear more fashion ring than bridal—at least at first glance, though its versatility becomes readily apparent. With a three-stone setting of emerald-cut diamonds, the band-style ring would make a marvelous choice for a bride—or groom!—to wear, whether as an engagement ring or wedding band, or one ring functioning as both. To further its romanticism, the ring can be personalized with an initial on the inside, as an ode to oneself or someone else.

The ring is made to order, so getting one’s hands on one prior to the holiday isn’t likely. But as far as 2021 purchases go, it’s the golden ticket into the new year that everyone hopes for—unquestionably, a winner. The ring sparkles just enough, and holds just enough real estate on the finger, to make a statement when we return to society, but until then, it appears comfortable and easy to wear at home.

If one were to be persuaded by pearls this year (how could one not be?), Pagani has also introduced an updated take on a classic in her Honey motif, too.

Top: Bespoke Honey band in 18k yellow gold with emerald-cut diamonds, price on request; Deborah Pagani

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