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Every ring makes a statement, but a statement ring is not just any old ring. Just like statement necklaces or statement earrings, statement rings are unique, attention-grabbing pieces that boldly express the owner’s personality. What sets rings apart from other statement jewelry is that they are often already sending an important message out to the rest of the world to begin with.

Unless you count crowns — and, let’s be honest, crowns are rarely worn out and about — rings are a special category of declarative jewelry. So we thought we’d put together a short statement ring guide, just to keep wires from getting crossed when it comes to these eye-catching pieces of jewelry.

Is a Statement Ring a Recent Trend?

No. As long as humans have been bending things into circles, they’ve been wearing dramatic rings as fashion statements and status symbols. In the case of an ancient amethyst number Israeli archaeologists excavated from a Byzantine winery, they might have also been hoping to strut their way out of a hangover.

Can a Statement Ring Be an Engagement Ring?

Yep. It’s called a statement engagement ring, to differentiate it from a statement fashion ring, which can also be called a cocktail ring. An engagement ring already signals a change in status. A statement engagement ring is the kind of eye-catching nugget that you can still pick out of a photo even if the newly affianced gal isn’t holding up her hand and pointing to her hand in the classic “Of course I said yes!” pose. If your bride-to-be loves being the center of attention, she’ll love a statement engagement ring that features a stunning center stone as a focal point.

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Does a Statement Ring Have to Be Expensive?

In earlier eras, statement rings were all about flaunting wealth. And if you’re yearning for a bold yellow gold and diamond ring, it’s still going to cost you a pretty penny. If that is the message you want to deliver, there are still plenty of gemstone rings that will get the notion across. But today’s statement rings (and engagement rings, for that matter) are more often about personalized expression. From birthstones like aquamarine to plain bands, there are stones and styles for any price point. This means, just as there are plenty of affordable engagement rings, there are plenty of options for statement rings as well.

Does a Statement Ring Just Mean Big and Flashy?

Statement rings often are big and flashy! That’s one way to gain attention, with the kind of ring that fills a zoom frame when you scratch your ear. But another way to make a bold statement is by using alternative materials or unusual shapes and colors. Capture a few glances with the unexpected texture of wooden rings. Add intrigue with a family crest or a personalized engraving. Deploy a dramatically red gem in a pear- or oval-shaped setting, the kind that maximizes the surface area of the stone. The options are virtually limitless. It’s all about expressing your personal style and turning heads for all of the right reasons!

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Is the Statement Ring a Permanent Feature?

It doesn’t have to be. If you are comfortable operating at that level, go for it. If you’ve found something that expresses your personality, you don’t have to take it off and turn it off. But if you want to exercise some control, there’s a whole bag of tricks available. 

Sometimes a statement ring is going to make waves no matter what. But sometimes it’s a matter of context. Sometimes other jewelry can move into an ensemble rather than a solo act. Play around with stackable wedding bands — that’s a very trendy way to take control of your jewelry’s drama dial.  

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There isn’t a rigid set of parameters for what makes a statement ring or a panel of judges that provides some kind of declaration certification. But trust us. You’ll know it when it speaks to you. 

What Finger Is a Statement Ring Worn on?

There’s no hard and fast rule about which finger to wear a statement ring on! It’s all about comfort, personal style and the specific ring design. However, some popular choices have emerged over time.

The middle finger is a great option for balancing prominence and practicality. It allows the ring to be the center of attention without getting in the way too much during daily activities. This is a perfect choice for a bold gemstone ring you plan to wear often.

Traditionally, cocktail rings, a type of statement ring, are worn on the right hand. This keeps them separate from wedding or engagement rings typically worn on the left hand. Wearing a statement ring on your right hand allows it to shine without any confusion about its symbolism.

Ultimately, the best finger for your statement ring is the one that feels most comfortable and stylish to you. Experiment and see what works best for the specific ring and the look you’re going for.

How Do I Choose the Perfect Statement Ring? 

Finding your perfect statement ring is about expressing yourself. Love bold drama? Seek out chunky gemstones. Prefer something a bit more subtle? Explore pearls or unique textures. Comfort matters, too! Choose lighter materials for everyday wear and durability for active lifestyles. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find something you absolutely love. Consider these factors and you’ll find a ring that speaks volumes about your style and empowers you.

Conclusion

The world of statement rings is your oyster, overflowing with dazzling possibilities. Whether you crave the timeless elegance of pearls or the conversation-starting power of a chunky gemstone ring, there’s a piece out there waiting to become the unforgettable centerpiece of your look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold textures, unexpected materials and dazzling colors. Your statement ring is more than just an accessory — it’s a chance to express your unique personality and unleash your inner fashionista. So go forth, embrace the bold and let your statement ring speak volumes about the incredible you!

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