I have, long, had a deep affection for Native American silver/turquoise jewelry. And, through the years I've amassed a decent collection of, mostly, rings. My favorites are freeform turquoise and coral cabochons, in simple coin or sterling silver settings. And, my favorites tend to be rather big.
But, I rarely wear any of them. And, that needs to change...they're beautiful, and are crying out to be worn. Since most are quite large and a bit showy, though, I am not sure how much is enough, and where to draw the line before it crosses over to being too much. Historically, when I wear them, I wear no more than one piece at a time.
Currently I'm wearing a turquoise/coral/feather ring on my left pinky. Yep, a pinky ring...it's got special meaning and looks very nice. And yesterday, while in Arkansas, I picked up a souvenir in the form of a 60ct freeform "squared oval" turquoise cab mounted in a horseshoe bezel, probably originating from the Sleeping Beauty mine based on the stone's matrix. It's the good UN-treated stuff, too, of exceptional quality. Would love to wear them both, as they're each beautiful, and complement each other in design.
Basically, I'm asking whether one "showy" piece per hand is reasonable?
You can wear one easily enough, it's completely if you have a enough confidence.
Oh, I have the confidence. That's not an issue. My concern is whether or not one on each hand would remain in the realm of good taste.
The other ring (at my jeweler's being cleaned) is beautiful and large, but very simple in design. Far simpler than the pinky ring in the photo...that's why I think it may work.
I would personally only wear one though I'm looking at it from a functional point of view with I don't like my hands feeling cluttered.
I think you should limit it to one ring per hand. Unless you are a piano player. In a whorehouse.
When I thought of a man wearing more than one showy ring, a piano player came to mind as well.
Not knocking Lee. The man was an amazing talent and a legend. And although I would love to have his talent I don't think I would like to mimic his style.
Hmm. Just thinking some younger readers on AOM might see this and just think Liberace was just some style-weirdo and not in fact probably one of the greatest music talents of the 20th century. So here's the master in action.
I know. I almost mentioned him. In fact, he WAS mentioned in the first draft of my post.
Liberace had so many wonderful qualities, including an unparalleled, um...sense of style. No one could ever actually accuse him of bad taste. But he was WAY more (what's a nice word?)...flamboyant...than anyone should be in real life.
Needless to say, I'm wanting to avoid the Liberace look. Just one piece per hand sounds believable...and the squash blossom bracelet stays at home.
I think there are many rappers today who only wish they had the ability to look as pimped-out as Liberace. The guy was the original mac daddy. But that said, yeah in real life, I've avoid it if I were you. I also would draw the limit at one ring personally. One says to me, ok that's a pretty flamboyant ring but he must really like it, two says, ok, he's pretty flamboyant and probably likes to play the piano.
On another note, I wonder if anyone has ever wrote about the cultural influence of flamboyant gay men? Without Liberace, would we have a Denis Rodman? Or pretty much everything we now consider "gangsta"? And without Rob Halford of Judas Priest, bike leather and chains might have never jumped from the fetish gay biker look (like the guy in the village people) to the look of every heavy metal band ever.
Why's other's idea of "showy" important?
Because sometimes an impartial third party opinion can be clearer than your own opinion. And because the guys on this site can be brutally honest.
My collection is small, but beautiful. Each piece is beautiful. But, when combining disparate pieces from an eclectic collection, the concept of "how much is too much" has never been intuitive to me.
One ring, on one hand, ALWAYS looks fine. On everyone. It's a very logical and safe choice, and requires no fashion sense. Anyone can read a book of style guidelines, and make that choice.
But personal style is rarely about making the safe choice, unless you're just going for a very bland and generic look.
Its a tough choice. You sound like you really enjoy your collection. I once bought a turquoise necklace for a friend off a street vendor in El Salvador, I can see why you like it. But that said, as I think you already know, wearing more than one at a time is going to look pretty flashy. Fine if you are a flashy sort of guy but probably a bit too much attention if you are not.