mabe pearl mounted on a sterling silver ring with flowers and diamond-studded skulls by Ugo Cacciatori
I typically don't go for jewelry pieces this gothic, but there's something about this Ugo Cacciatori piece---in the juxtaposition of dark and ornate silver and the iridescence of the pearl, and the proportions of the piece, full and rotund yet small enough to be contained within one segment of a finger---that just spoke to me. Mabe pearls have somewhat fallen out of favor since the late 80's, but the way the pearl was set in this ring, emphasizing its luster and sort of obfuscating its awkward flatness, I thought, was just genius. I never thought I'd like anything with skulls, or pearls, or anything biker-dandy, but like I always say, in fashion, never say never.
photograph taken at ENK NYC