After a restorative glass of champagne, compliments of Jason Holt (many thanks, Jason), I headed round to Platform on Greville Street, which was showcasing some hot new jewellery talent. It was there I stumbled on a new trend for men’s rings worn on the little finger. Before you point out that posh boys have been doing this for centuries, this is a something different. Rather than being some form of crest or signet, this is taking the form of everything from Russian wedding rings to the more avant garde offerings of designers such as William Cheshire. One of his lines, appropriately called Libertine, is perfect for the new wave dandy. These rings feature a bold centre panel of coloured resin polished into a dynamic shape that looks amazing on the little finger.
My other half, never one to shy away from a slightly off-piste trend, was rather taken with the Lightning Bolt ring on his little finger. So much so I had to remind him to take it off before got accosted for grand theft jocale.
It really isn’t surprising that this is an emerging trend. In the current issue of QP magazine, Tom Stubbs charts the rise in popularity of the pocket watch, and a trip round Spitalfields yesterday unearthed men sporting facial hair that would not have looked out of place when Jack the Ripper was the East End’s enfant terrible.
So, if William has his way, it won’t just be women putting a ring on it.