Fashion / Industry

These Kinetic Jewels Move in the Best Way


Our jewelry does a lot for us. It inspires, invokes memories, emboldens, and enlivens. It completes an ensemble, might bring good luck, and sends a message to those who see it.

But can it entertain?

In kinetic versions, it can. Serving equally as adornment and fidget object, kinetic jewelry offers an interesting selling point that few other jewelry pieces do: the ability to keep the wearer’s hands and eyes busy, apart from simply mesmerizing with its design (which in any jewel is an impressive feat enough).

These jewels spin, flip, contain hidden treasures and optical illusions, and more—all magnificent works of engineering through jewelry.


Svetlana Lazar Wishing Well ring
Wishing Well ring in 18k yellow gold with rainbow moonstone cabochon and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,980; Svetlana Lazar

Rings in Svetlana Lazar’s Wishing Well line feature a kinetic element that creates the illusion of water moving beneath the gem—it’s truly something that needs to be seen to believed. View a video here.

ITA Yari whirl ring
Yari Whirl ring in 14k yellow gold with gemstones, $4,500; ITA

This ring from ITA’s Caona collection has six customizable sides to be hand-engraved or set with birthstones, and it rotates so the wearer can visit with whichever facet they’d like.

Monbouquette maze ring
Petite Maze ring in 24k gold plate with natural seed pearl, $285; Monbouquette

Remember these fun little mazes? Los Angeles brand Monbouquette has made a wearable one with a tiny seed pearl as the ball within a golden maze.

MOCIELLI Third Eye ring
Third Eye flip ring; Mocielli

London-based Mocielli says on its Instagram that the Third Eye flip ring is a “reminder to listen more carefully to our intuition and soul guidance.” Rotate it to showcase either heart-shape ruby against enamel or an aquamarine with mother-of-pearl. The piece, which is made to order, can be customized with gemstones of your choice. A video of its movement can be seen here.

Toktam’s Kahkeshan sun ring (also pictured at top) shifts around a centerpiece dome of yellow and orange sapphires, illustrating the continuous movement of the planets. The piece is made in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and multicolor sapphires.

Talon sacred heart drop pendant
Sacred Heart drop pendant 14k yellow gold, $962; Talon

Customers tell Talon owner and creative director Emily Hirsch that they like playing with the Sacred Heart drop pendant, and it’s easy to see why. The lariat-style piece can be worn with the sword in or out, letting one’s mood dictate its position from day to day.

Yi Collection Orbit ring
Orbit ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.38 ct. t.w. tsavorite, $1,275; Yi Collection

Yi Collection’s Orbit ring features three gemstones that move along two stationary bands of gold. The ring is also available with sapphires or rubies.

Marie Lichtenberg Bague de Fiancailles
Bague de fiançailles in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, price on request; Marie Lichtenberg

Handmade in Italy, this is Marie Lichtenberg’s twist on a conventional piece of jewelry—the engagement ring. The surface of the ring bears a diamond-encrusted question mark and opens to reveal a diamond with the words “Would you marry me.”

Top: Kahkeshan Sun ring in 18k yellow gold with multicolor sapphires and diamonds, $4,230; Toktam

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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