Statement cocktail rings are my fashion accessory weakness! We all have one don’t we? Really? … I thought…. okay … never mind, where was I? Oh yes, statement cocktail rings…. when I choose a ring you can be sure it is going to rival any one of the monsters that Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor – the only minor difference of course is that hers would have been the real deal. Mine – not so much but I don’t care. Personally, size matters to me – it always has – always will, its how I roll. We are still on the subject of rings ok! When I am getting an outfit ready I consider what one piece is going to be the hero of the outfit. Most times it will be a piece of clothing like this gorgeous winter coat I showed you last week (have a peek of it here if you missed it) and other times it will be a piece of jewellery. I have a bit of a thing for rings and I think it is because you can adorn your hands and arms with beautiful pieces of statement jewellery that you don’t need to spend big bucks on and it compliments but doesn’t overpower your outfit.
My favourite cocktail ring is a blue topaz that I bought when I was in India about four years ago. I fell in love with it straight away and only for a split second did I question whether it was too over the top, too showy and ostentatious – as I said it was only a split second and then I came to my senses and I bought it. Regrets? – None. Never. Never will be.
I loved it then and I love it now and when I wear it people always comment on it and because there is a bit of story behind how I got to own this “rock star” (holidaying in India) and after all the oohs and aahs the conversation turns to talking about my visit to India, their visit to India, or how they want to go, what an amazing country it is, if I am talking to a cricket fan then I can direct the conversation to cricket in India etc. Honestly, if the Indian High Commission is reading this will you please give me a job as cultural attaché – it is clear it comes natural to me.
I digress …. So do you see where I am going with this….. If you didn’t know me better you could easily think that I am just another female obsessed with all things fashion and that I made a meaningless, extravagant purchase on a fleeting holiday to a country that is rich in history, culture, food, and art (I could go on) and I chose to buy a ring of all things and how shallow this proves that I am. Okay…. there might be a bit of truth in that I am shallow but that doesn’t make it a meaningless purchase.
Here is why…. If you think like me then you will understand what I am about to disclose. When I saw the ring, it was love at first sight I will admit, but my subconscious mind knew that it was more than just a ring – it was a conversation I hadn’t had yet with people I hadn’t met yet. If I didn’t buy the ring then what does that say about me – maybe it would say I am shallow and don’t care about meeting people and having conversations with them and telling how wonderful India is - the jury is out on the shallow bit – but I definitely do care about people and I most definitely do love a conversation – especially with strangers. So that folks is the story behind the story of how I got such a god damn beautiful, over the top, sensational, mother of all cocktail rings.
I rest my case your honour. To the folks at the Indian High Commission – call me and we will talk.