Last year saw the introduction of oversized rings that emphasize the horizontal, some of which extend over multiple fingers. The latest style focuses on the vertical and extends a tube of metal over a relatively large segment of a single finger. One can think of wide band rings as cuffs for individual fingers.
The February 2011 issue of Marie Claire features model and actress Liya Kebede wearing an Hermès dress and cape (that is not a necklace in the photo; for more on the subject of capes and jewelry, see my Dec. 2 blog post) and a wide band ring from Burberry.
The December 2010 issue of Elle magazine accessorizes an Escada blouse with a wide band ring, circa 1970s, along with ear clips and a gold and ruby bracelet, all from Fred Leighton, and a rigid gold choker necklace from Beladora (a necklace style discussed in my Dec. 13 blog post).
Not all wide band rings are crafted entirely of metal. Here’s an example of an embellished wide band ring by Swarovski that picks up on the confetti design trend (see my Jan. 3 blog post).
In the December 2010 issue of InStyle, actress Rachel Bilson recommends this chrysocolla drusy stack ring from Carrie Bilbo.
A current ad from Salvatore Ferragamo shows a model accessorizing her look with a wide band ring.
A recent ad from Chopard also features a wide band ring, along with a watch and earrings.
An extreme example of a wide band ring comes from trendy retailer Topshop; the pictured ring is from the Freedom at Topshop line, as shown in the February 2011 issue of Marie Claire.
The December 2010 issue of Allure features a full page of wide band rings, showing designs from Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, and Dior Fine Jewelry.
More wide band rings in the photo above? No! These are cuff bracelets from Vionnet, except the third bracelet from the top, which is a cuff from Celine, pictured in the December 2010 issue of Allure. Retailers and stylists, please note: In displaying photographs of wide band rings, as well as cuff bracelets, it is important to show the items in context.
Lower on the same page of the December 2010 issue of Allure is this Louis Vuitton “Lock Me” ring.
An alternate method of achieving the wide band look is by stacking thinner bands on a finger. This photo from the September 2010 issue of Allure magazine shows a wide cut-out design band and a stack of thin bands, all by Bulgari. The necklace is from Kara by Kara Ross.