Sapphires for Spin Class: Yi Collection x SoulCycle Is Here

Not sure when spin or any other group exercise classes will resume, but if that is the part of normal life you miss the most, then this new jewelry collaboration should get your heart rate up lickety-split.

SoulCycle, the wildly popular stationary cycling class franchise has partnered with Yi Collection, a chic fine jewelry line by Shanghai-based designer Yi Guo that debuted in 2015.

“My good friend Marvin hooked me up with the [SoulCycle] buying team,” says Guo, who began her career as a stylist in New York City and then moved back to her birthplace of Shanghai 10 years later. There, she spent her first three years as Vogue China‘s style editor.

“He’s been with the company since the very beginning, and the idea came spontaneously over lunch one day, actually. I just said I play tennis in my chain rings and never take them off, and he said the girls who spin would probably love it.”

And a small range of delicate chain rings is the result of that conversation (the project took a year to complete). Some are detailed with rainbow sapphires and other gemstones, while others sport the word Soul, and the SoulCycle skull logo in gold, with or without diamonds. The latter are not limited edition, says Guo. “As long as women want them, I’ll keep producing them.”

All of the styles are now available to shop on SoulCycle’s website (alongside other jewelry brands EF Collection and Loren Stewart, and other collaboration products with athleisure brand Lululemon, Le Sportsac, and others).

More good news: Yi Collection’s workshop in Bangkok is currently operational, and there are minimal shipping delays so producing more of these sparkly, workout-friendly motivators should not be a problem.

Getting the green light to book a SoulCycle class, though, oy vey, we’ll have to see…

Yi SoulCycle rainbow 5 stone chain ring
Yi Collection x SoulCycle five-stone chain ring with rainbow sapphires in 14k gold, $450
Yi SoulCycle Rainbow Stones Chain ring
Yi Collection x SoulCycle Rainbow chain ring with sapphires, emerald, peridot, rhodolite, and aquamarine in 14k gold, $595


Yi SoulCycle tanzanite and ruby chain ring
Yi Collection x SoulCycle tanzanite and ruby chain ring in 14k gold, $620
Yi x SoulCycle skull and soul rings
From left: Yi Collection x SoulCycle Soul chain ring in 14k gold, $295; and Skull chain ring with white diamonds in 14k gold, $245

Top: Clockwise, from left: SoulCyclers via; Yi Collection x SoulCycle rainbow sapphire bar chain ring in 14k gold, $595; and Yi Collection x SoulCycle Soul ring with diamonds in 14k gold, $995


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