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Why I’m Embracing the Power of the Statement Ring

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Photograph by Daniel Jackson, Vogue, December 2018All products featured on Vogue are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

My mother’s jewelry has always announced her entrance into a room. The clacking together of bangles, sonorous chimes of chandelier earrings, and light refracting off of a statement ring let you know, without a doubt, that she has arrived. As a woman in finance, and often the only woman in this space, she wears jewelry as a type of armor. More than just a pretty accessory, those showstopping earrings and major statement rings offer her a sense of protection and comfort in an otherwise male-dominated and somewhat unpredictable environment. While I have always echoed my mother’s inclination towards over the top jewelry, it has only been in the last few months that I have come to appreciate the power of the statement ring.

After months of staring at myself on Zoom, I realized I am a big hand-talker. From gesticulating to fixing my hair, my hands make an appearance in all my meetings. Enter the aforementioned statement ring. From vintage-inspired cameo rings to enamel rings in every color of the rainbow, I have come to relish festooning my fingers. Looking at my hands now gives me a little burst of energy.

As I have started to embrace statement rings, I’ve noticed celebrities who do as well. While everyone focused on Amanda Gorman’s bright red headband at the inauguration, my eyes were affixed to her whimsical Of Rare Origin ring. Bella Hadid has also been known to put her own spin on the trend, and often stacks multiple chunky acrylic La Mansorings. With this star power I think it's safe to say that eye-catching rings are here to stay. Below, shop a handful of statement ring picks that will both make for the perfect eye-catching Zoom accessory and provide some much needed extra courage.