Lately, I've been doing something a bit silly, but fun. I've been adorning literary ladies with rings. I blame this on two things: my book, and my fascination with hands. Sometimes, I think my brain revolts against thinking so hard all the time. To stop myself from going into meltdown when editing my book, I often close my eyes from my computer screen, and allow myself to creatively imagine the characters I write about. One of the things I like to do is imagine what their hands would be like. Are they small, are they big, are they expressive, what are they decorated with? This helps me flesh out their characters, and I guess I do this in real life too when I meet people for the first time.
So here's my totally self-indulgent list of rings I imagine would grace the hands of a few literary heroines. Or, we could just call this the "rings I would buy if I had money" list.
Images, from top to bottom:
: : Tatyana Larina from Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin//Opaque Diamond 'Cushion' Ring by RUST:
There's an icy purity to this ring that I associate with Tatyana. I've always imagined something exceptionally pure and snow-like on her fingers.
: : Anne Elliot from Jane Austen's Persuasion//Gold and Opal Ring by Orit Naar Design:
For Anne, the only fitting ring would be one filled with longing and the sea. Opals represent to me this tone of turbulent, but silent, longing.
: : Cassandra Mortmain from Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle//Polly Wales Medium Band - Multi Color Sapphires, Yellow Gold Ring from Catbird:
I immediately thought of Cassandra when I saw this ring. I thought of those passages describing her sun-baking underneath the sun, and imagined what the colours beneath her closed eyes and golden heat would have looked like were they captured in ring form.
: : Angel Deverell from Elizabeth Taylor's Angel//Elisa Solomon Ancienne Diamond Ring from Catbird:
Angel Deverell would only have the sparkly best, and this unbelievably gorgeous ring seems to capture her desire for indulgence, luxury and perfect beauty.
: : Katharine Clifton from Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient//Opaque Diamond 'Tear Drop' Ring by RUST:
I picture the desert and fine grains of sand inside this ring. It makes me think of Katherine, and the lines of her body, so well-loved by Almásy.
: : Catherine Earnshaw/Linton from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights//Conroy & Wilcox Moon Ring from Catbird:
If Catherine's fingers were decorated with any rings, I'd imagine them being unconventional rings, with an elemental tone to them, sort of like this moon ring.
: : Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice//Hexagon Ring with Champagne Diamond by Satomi Kawakita:
I thought of Lizzie's "fine eyes" when I saw this ring. This beautiful ring seems to have the same warmth and sensitivity that defines Lizzie's character.
: : Jane Eyre from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre//The Tiniest Pearl Ring by Satomi Kawakita:
Jane, who describes herself as "poor, obscure, plain, and little", would never have anything showy on her fingers. This teeny tiny pearl ring is a perfect accompaniment for her small fingers, and the lustre of the pearl reminds me of Jane's enormous dignity, contained within a small frame.
: : Ada Monroe from Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain//Black Diamond Ring by Satomi Kawakita:
Ada's fingers seem to require something dark, something laced with grief and shadows. This black diamond ring seems to be forged out of tears, like little droplets of sorrow bound together.
: : Cecilia Tallis from Ian McEwan's Atonement//Bar Ring by Satomi Kawakita:
I always think of Cecilia when I look at this delicate ring. The upright bar, filled with flawless diamonds, reminds me of Cecilia's figure, waiting for Robbie. I think of all the words they could not say to each other being captured within this bar.
Image credits: All ring images are individually linked and credited above. All the other images are my own screen-grabs from film and television adaptations of the novels.