Jul 11, 2011 12:00AM

Put A Ring On It

The future of jewellery is at your fingertips (literally).

Got an itch that needs scratching? These trinkets should do the trick. The realms of traditional jewellery design are but a distant memory for select labels forging a future in experimental areas of adornment, and fingertips are the new frontier.

Beyonce's been a fan since way back when, flaunting custom claws in film clips for Why Don't You Love Me, Sweet Dreams, and Run The World. Last week Daphne Guinness followed suit, showcasing a studded white gold and platinum chain-mail glove she created in collaboration with British jeweller Shaun Leane. Guinness' gauntlet, entitled Contra Mundum (latin for 'against the world'), is encrusted with 5,000 pave diamonds and has been valued at 1.7 million dollars.

Similarly inspired, but on a slightly more affordable scale, designer Jules Kim creates objects influenced by the dark side of nature for her brand Bijules, serpents and swallow skulls featuring heavily in Kim's work. Fellow finger fetishist Lauren Ruicci covers equally deadly territory with the Man Eater and Scorpion claws she designs for her New York based jewellery label, Laruicci.

Particularly scintillating is the work of Swedish theatre costume designer turned high end jeweler, Anna-Sara Davik. Her signature monogrammed nail rings are delivered as a complete ten piece box set and each piece is size adjustable to fit any finger. Davik's lambskin and sterling silver nail gloves are also noteworthy.


 

 
Glove rings by Di$count.

 

Words: Renee Warne

www.laruicci.com

www.bijulesnyc.com

www.discountuniverse.com.au

www.annasaradavik.com