Put a Ring On It
Just in time for hearts day and winter soirees: glitzy cocktail rings
I always say that February is the shortest yet longest month in the Northeast. The glamour of the New Year has faded (most likely, along with our resolutions), but the cold and snow remains. What better way to bring a little glitz to the last of these dark days than with statement jewelry? I loved the big, colorful rings in CTC&G’s February issue (seen in “Candy Color Crush”) and decided to go shopping for some of my own. And where else to go but the jewelry capital of the Gold Coast: Greenwich Avenue.
I parked at the very bottom of the Ave. (there are often more spaces towards that end) and began my walk up on a mild Thursday this past week. My first stop was Alexis Bittar, where there is no shortage of cocktail rings at an affordable price point (no Valentine required). My favorite of the bunch is this Imperial Crystal Lace ring (above center), crafted from hand-carved and painted lucite. $245, 371 Greenwich Ave.
At Lux, Bond & Green, designs by Italian jeweler Roberto Coin caught my eye with a splash of color. The cocktail ring with diamonds and rock crystal (above left: $9,700) features 18k yellow gold and an amber-hued rock crystal. Stackable Black Jade rings (above right and sold as a set of three, $3,100) are crafted in gold with black jade, green agate and diamonds. 169 Greenwich Ave.
At the recently opened Shreve, Crump & Low—Connecticut’s first location—I had a case of the blues. Thankfully, these indigo beauties (above) are enough to put a smile on any girl’s face. From left to right: aquamarine with ruby accents (40k aqua), $12,000; aquamarine heart by Sterle Paris with eight diamonds, $12,500; Lapis and turquoise (18k gold), $2,500; Peiridot and blue topaz flower (18k gold), $2,475. Before I left, marketing director Kate had one more piece to show me. “We call it the Sex and the City ring,” she said. “Oh, Samantha’s ring?” I replied. Then we both laughed about how an explanation was unnecessary. #GirlCode. I leave you with the Diamond Flower ring (below right), 5.75 ct., $23,400. 125 Greenwich Ave.
One special ring stole the show at Steven Fox. An 8k center stone is set in platinum in this circa-1920 Cartier beauty (above left), which looks like it was originally purchased by Gatsby himself. Price upon request, 8 Lewis St.
Baccarat’s Louxor rings (above left) pay homage to the Art Deco movement and George Chevalier’s eponymous creation. Crafted from Baccarat crystal, the small, medium and large Louxor rings are available in blue, red or black Mordore colors, with or without diamonds. $390–$2,800, 238 Greenwich Ave.
At the last—but certainly not least—stop of the day, my mood was a bit more youthful. In appropriately hearts day hues, this Mimi So Bow pink sapphire and white diamond ring (above right) with 18k rose and white gold combines the trendy blush color with winter’s penchant for romance. Yes, please. $8,700, 117 Greenwich Ave, betteridge.com.