STYLE GUIDE | The Multifaceted Design of the Maya Ring

Let's talk about the Maya Ring... Maya has been around for quite some time now, gracing many of your ring collections. I dreamed up this design in a way to create a classic wrap-around band that is functional, comfortably easy to wear, and worn in several different ways. At the time, I was into the teardrop shape, inspired by one of my older collections called the Dotted Dewdrop. I wanted to build onto the collection a series of rings one of them being the Maya Ring.


In the spring of 2016, I introduced her online and at in-person art shows. The reactions to how comfortable and stylish Maya is was one of the most important part of the design. Watching customers try Maya on brought up ideas of how to wear in other ways I could ever imagine. One of them being as a knuckle ring. Those with arthritis have a hard time wearing rings, especially wide and most often thicker ring bands. Seeing how Maya wore as a knuckle ring opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of the ring design. But you don't have to have arthritis to wear Maya as a knuckle ring, you can wear as you please.

 


One of the beauties of working in-person events, you get to see the reactions of the customer and how they portray a design in the way it looks worn on themselves. They give you ideas of tweaks to a current design. I absorb all the details as much as possible, which is helpful when designing jewelry. The importance of how a piece lays on the body takes time to develop. During the summer of 2018, at an event, after a customer bought the Maya ring for herself, she squished it, because she has short fingers. I thought, genius! So, I ran with it! Now, Maya is available as a wide and narrow ring band. It's amazing how one design can function in multiple styles. The narrow version of the Maya Ring pretty much lives on my thumb and easier to wear as a stackable ring.


Maya was originally made in bronze, sterling silver, and accented with a gemstone. As time moved forward, I've since discontinued making rings in bronze and shifted over to 14K gold. Not only can Maya be worn in five different ways, the ring is also customizable.


For instance, she can be accented with a crescent moon. Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting a client, Naomi, via Zoom, whom I enjoyed getting to know better. She wanted to have a crescent moon element added to her very own Maya Ring, to wear on her thumb. This project was fun, transforming the simple design into something beautiful and with meaning.

 

However you wear your own Maya Ring, I'm so grateful you enjoy the versatility of the ring design. Thank YOU for rocking your very own Maya Ring to the fullest! Shop for your very own Maya Ring today, available in sizes 5 - 12, including half sizes.

  

 

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