Rings include hand rings, toe rings, nose rings, and ear rings. Rings are an essential accessory to own, as they are so universal, making them easy to wear with any kind of attire. There are multiple diverse looks that can be created with rings and they are sold in varying designs and materials. Let’s dive into a definitive guide to all kinds of rings and looks to wear with them, as your wardrobe is incomplete without rings! Types, metals, mixing metals, looks: western, ethnic, work
Types of Rings
Hand rings are rings that are worn on the fingers. These rings can be used to create a variety of looks, and can be work across attires, be it casual or ethnic. Hand rings are available in different types, a few are knuckle duster, stacked and midi.
Knuckle duster rings are two hand rings that are connected so they have to be worn on two fingers together. They are available in many interesting designs, like connected by chain, feather, bejewelled, etc.
Midi rings are hand rings that are worn at the top part of the finger. They look unique and look best when worn in simple styles, maybe with other rings, and if you want, bright nail polish to make your hands look gorgeous!
Stacked rings are rings that come in sets, they include normal hand rings and midi rings, and the individual rings in these sets can be worn separately, or together. Stacked rings immediately draw attention to the hands when worn.
Toe rings have an important cultural significance in India, they are worn on the second toe by married women. They are a part of the solah shringaar (sixteen ornaments to be worn by a bride.)
However, these days they also serve as fashion jewellery, and are available in a range of metals and designs, whether one prefers simple and plain toe rings or embellished and eye catching ones.
Toe rings are a unique piece of jewellery and look stunning when worn with open toed sandals. If you want, pair them with painted toe nails for your feet to look dazzling!
Nose rings have been worn by women in Southeast Asia for centuries, and are not a new piece of jewellery. They are called nathani in India and are a part of the sixteen ornaments a bride to be wears.
They have also been associated with the punk movement, which aims to rebel against conservative norms of beauty, and they are worn with other piercings.
They are fashionable and make a difference to the look of your face when worn. There is a perfect nose ring out there for you!
Nose rings are either classic and plain or embellished with engravings or stones to make it look more glamourous.
Ear rings are extremely versatile pieces of jewellery, they are available in different sizes, whether you like small understated balis or large hoops that look like you’re ready for a party!
Plain earrings are a classic but there are also earrings with different decorations like stones, engraved detailing, and enamel work, amongst others.
Earrings are available in varying sizes, be it small and minimalistic or large and attention grabbing.
Rings come in a variety of metals, be it gold, silver, rose gold, or bronze. Here is a short description of different metals:
Gold is a popular metal of choice for ethnic look, although they go just as well with western looks. Large gold nose rings (nathani) are often worn as a part of ethnic looks, and are an important piece of jewellery for brides in India.
These days, imitation gold plated jewellery is quite popular as they give the look of gold jewellery on a budget, and one can buy multiple pieces for different outfits.
Gold looks great with warm and rich colours like red and purple, although that does not mean it can’t be worn with other colours.
Gold hand rings can range from simple plain rings to statement rings with stones and textured detailing.
Gold toe rings are not usually worn in India, but now that toe rings are more of a fashion statement, gold toe rings are also available in myriad models.
Silver gives a modern look compared to gold, and goes well with western and Indian outfits alike. If you want to play it safe, wear silver jewellery with cool colours like blue and mint green, but don’t let this ‘rule’ restrict you, go ahead and experiment!
Silver is a popular metal of choice for toe rings and are available in a large variety of motifs for one to make their pick from.
Silver rings have a modern and polished look, though there are also statement rings in silver that add a punch to any attire.
Rose gold is a metal finish popularised in recent times for its lovely pinkish sheen, it looks modern and chic.
Rose gold jewellery includes hand rings, ear rings, and nose rings.
Jewellery with this metal has a delicate look and pairs well with light colours.
Brass toned jewellery has a rich look to it and looks absolutely fabulous for more dressy occasions, whether your outfit is western or ethnic.
Brass rings include hand rings, nose rings, and ear rings.
This metal looks stunning with dark and rich colours to give a royal look to one’s clothes.
You can create interesting looks by mixing different metal toned earrings and rings, mixing metals is no longer a taboo in fashion! For instance, you can wear gold and silver rings together for an eclectic look.
How to Style With Rings
There are many different ways to style rings, whether it is a hand ring or a toe ring. Read on to know how to style rings with different attires:
There are so many ways to style rings with western attire:
Plain nose rings change the look of your face, but don’t look overwhelming. In case you don’t have a nose piercing, you can sport clip ons. If you like bold jewellery, wear funky nose rings with fun designs like floral, studded with colourful stones, drop shaped, moon shaped, and others. Go wild!
Hand rings can be worn in a variety of ways whether it is a heavily embellished brass ring with a black dress for a cocktail party, or a set of minimalistic silver hand rings with a graphic T shirt and ripped jean shorts. Try a gold knuckle duster with a coral dress and gold toned pumps for a pretty yet polished look.
Ear rings can range from simple small balis for the low maintenance woman, or large decorative hoops with stones. Large plain metal hoops can add a luxe look to any outfit, try wearing gold hoops with red headscarf, a white top, and white jeans. Or try hoops with tassels with a denim dress and white sneakers.
Simple toe rings are versatile and they look great as a part of a beach look with a kaftan dress, anklets with charms, and colourful bangles and bracelets. Toe rings are also available in interesting designs like floral, stone studded, cut out, geometric, which can be your jam if you like pretty jewellery for your feet!
Ethnic looks can be glammed up with nose, hand, ear and toe rings:
Large nose rings with enamelwork can look gorgeous with kurtas or sarees in rich colours. You can wear a nathani with an ethnic gown for high fashion fusion look for special occasions.
Statement hand rings can be paired extremely well with rich ethnic clothes. Wear a statement brass toned ring with stones and carved detailing with a kurti and a flowy skirt for a pretty and summer friendly ethnic look. You can also pair multiple rings with bangles while wearing a saree with zari border to make the look shine through.
Toe rings with colourful stones can be paired with heavily embellished anklets to take your traditional look to a new level of oomph. Wear this combination with cropped trousers and a kurta to show off the artistic beauty of the jewellery on your feet!
Earrings with beautiful ethnic detailing can be the element your traditional attire was missing, wear ethnic embellished hoops with a plain white kurti and colourful trousers. Or kick your white shirt and jeans combo up a notch and wear it with a pair of highly decorated ethnic hoop earrings with jutis and stacked bangles.
If your work look needs some funky jewellery, here’s a guide for you on how to do it right:
The motto for work is keep it simple, but not snooze worthy. Wear a simple silver hand ring with stones, pearls or engravings to look polished but not boring.
Ear rings for work can be decorated with stones or plain. Balis are a good choice for work, some balis have understated but nevertheless lovely designs that can make your work look anything but plain.
Nose rings for work can be plain, or minimally decorated. A nose ring with a simple stone, or a nose ring with tiny floral motifs can look pretty yet prim and proper.
Where do I buy rings?
We’re glad you asked! Shop from Limeroad for an endless collection of rings. Not only will you find beautiful rings to match your desire (and your clothes) but our jewellery will fit into any budget! So whether you’re a college student looking to update your jewellery case, or a busy professional who has a special occasion coming up, shop at Limeroad in the comfort of your home, or on the move, wherever you go!