31 Jan '17, 6pm
The Secret History of Pinky Rings
Pinkies up! Whether they are bejeweled with precious gemstones or painstakingly personalized, these pint-size rings are having a big moment. Scores of fine jewelers have responded to the rising demand, among both men and women, with eye-catching pinky rings covered in diamonds or engraved with initials. Historically, both men and women have worn pinky rings to indicate a desire to remain single, says Sandra Hindman, owner of Paris’s Les Enluminures gallery and a specialist in medieval manuscripts, art, and rings. Hindman also cites remarks by theologian Clement of Alexandria in the second century, which suggested that men wear rings close to the base of their little fingers “as a practical concern to avoid the heavy ring being lost, which would also signify the loss of one’s identity or honor.” The day after she gave birth to her son, Miles, Lauren Godfrey—founder of San F...