The night the Belgian jewelry designer Kim Mee Hye created her signature Swing Swing Ring, she says, felt almost Shakespearean: “Nearly a meter of rain fell in 48 hours. There was hail, there was thunder, and there was lightning.” The result? A piece that combines the impact of a blinged-out diamond ring with the understated energy of a simple, discreet one — depending on how it’s worn. It’s a ring, the designer says, created “for women who think of fine jewelry beyond the simple act of wearing a status symbol.”
The Swing Swing Ring is fully reversible, thanks to a hinged mechanism that simply swings shut on either the plain metal side or on the side encrusted with diamonds, “like two characters of one same person, sleeping somewhere inside of us and dying to get out,” Hye says. The designer’s approach to the precious materials is modern and edgy, but also pays respects to the six-century-long tradition of fine jewelry that exists in Antwerp, her home base. Hye aims to create new classics while also venerating the histories both of Belgian technique and of the materials themselves. “Did you know that most diamonds found in nature are between one to three billion years old?” she muses. “The Swing Swing Ring also holds a particular charge of energy that’ll be there for some time.”
Priced from $6,000, depending on materials; available at Opening Ceremony in New York, Colette in Paris, Browns in London and Luisa Via Roma in Florence.
From NY Times