Dazzling Digits: The Look of Multiple Rings

An eye-catching ring punctuates every gesture with a bit of gleam or sparkle. Over the last several seasons, memorable ring designs have grown in size, including knuckle-dusters, each covering a wide expanse of a single finger, and rings worn across the hand on two or more fingers. Our eyes have become accustomed to seeing greater expanses of jeweled fingers, a look easily achieved by wearing a number of rings simultaneously.

Wearing multiple rings has been associated with earthy, bohemian looks, but this season, multiple rings have been used as adornment for more traditional daywear and even for evening. At the 2012 Academy Awards, a number of celebrities, including Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez, and Lara Spencer, embraced this trend.

The March 2012 issue of InStyle pictures actress Kerry Washington wearing a floral print dress from Prabal Gurung accompanied by a pair of diamond and 18k gold rings from Dior Fine Jewelry, one accented with amethyst, spessartite, garnet, and lacquer; the other with aquamarine, mother-of-pearl, and sapphire.  

A dramatic bright orange gown from Giorgio Armani is accompanied by rings from Aurelie Bidermann and Alexis Bittar and bangles from Janis by Janis Savitt in this photo from the March 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.  

Actress Drew Barrymore wears three rings plus a chunky bracelet and earrings on the cover of the February 2012 issue of InStyle. Barrymore always has a bit of the flower child in her, as well-documented by her fashion choices over the years. This cover look is anything but hippie-inspired, however: a sophisticated white dress from Max Mara accompanied by rings from Alexis Bittar and Manon Von Gerkan Jewelry and earrings from Tiffany & Co. The charm-adorned macaroni bracelet from Dolce & Gabbana adds a bit of whimsy.

In a feature on “technofabrics” and ladylike silhouettes, the February 2012 issue of Vogue adds a moonstone ring from BrowNY, an opal and turquoise sunburst ring from Doyle & Doyle, and a silver and marcasite ring from Alice Kwartler Antiques to a Louis Vuitton clover-print top worn with an organza top and plastic fringe skirt from Marc Jacobs.

The February 2012 issue of Vogue also profiles singer Taylor Swift, and pictures her wearing upscale yet bohemian designs, including this sunflower-embroidered iridescent silk chiffon dress from Rodarte worn with a black diamond necklace from Monique Péan, a vintage ring with a green stone from Screaming Mimi’s, and several other rings from BrowNY.

Accessories from Fendi “loaded with grommets, cutouts, seed beads, and studs” do not preclude the addition of multiple rings in this photo from the February 2012 issue of Marie Claire. On the model’s right arm and hand she wears a cuff from Mitchel Primrose and a pair of rings from David Yurman. On her left arm and hand she wears a black cuff from Fendi, a spike bracelet from Macklowe Gallery, and a Bulgari ring. The bag, vest, and pants are all from Fendi.

The January 2012 issue of Vogue picks up the elaborate adornment of a Balmain ensemble with Tom Binns earrings and numerous rings, described as the model’s own.

The most extreme example of multiple rings worn together may be this photograph of Drew Barrymore from the February 2012 issue of InStyle. In this photo and other photos in a multi-page spread, she wears six diamond rings—two Bulgari, one Harry Winston, and three Tiffany & Co.—to accompany a Dior lambskin coat, Chanel lambskin top, and Dolce & Gabbana lace skirt. Adapting this current style, a history of engagements can play out its story in gemstones across a woman’s fingers.