Anyone with a penchant for the more expensive jewelry in the world will tell you that a truly remarkable, well-crafted piece of jewelry is really like a work of art. And now one world-renowned jewelry designer has taken that idea to the next level by creating a collection of four rings that truly ARE intricate works of art. And wearable art at that, which makes them the very best kind. Theo Fennell has earned a reputation in Britain and across the globe for being amazingly creative. Now he has outdone himself. Fennell is debuting this collection of one-of-a-kind rings that some are calling his “story” rings because each one does indeed tell a story.
Fennell’s new rings contain hidden compartments, and that in and of itself is not an innovative or new development. This feature is based on the poison rings of the 16th and 17th centuries, which earned their name because their owners did indeed hide poison inside the compartments to drop into people’s drinks. Fennell’s compartments are far safer and are also far more beautiful. Fennell calls the four pieces his Opening Rings and each has a different theme. Each ring is topped with an incredible jewel, such as an emerald, a tourmaline or an aquamarine. One ring is dedicated to “The Wizard of Oz,” complete with a carved yellow brick road; this one uses the emerald, naturally. Themes for the other rings include a golden desert, the ocean and a Chinese secret garden. The hidden compartments on each ring open to reveal all sorts of intricately carved wonders. The rings range from $40,000 to $250,000.