Mark my words, the next huge trend in jewelry is going to be midi rings, also known as above the knuckle rings or as mid-knuckle rings. For those of you who think this way of wearing rings is too trendy for you, let me put your mind at ease–it’s not a new trend. In fact, people have been wearing rings on their fingers between the first and second knuckle since the Middle Ages (5th to 15th century). Almost every other fashion source that I’ve seen states that this practice originated during the Renaissance but that’s factually incorrect. The practice of wearing midi rings began in the Middle Ages, however such rings were widely documented in art during the Renaissance so people assume that the practice originated later than it actually did. Humphf! Rookies. . .
Once a practice of the aristocracy and uber-wealthy, it was a statement as to one’s status–the more rings one wears the less manual labor one is able to do. So what does one do if one runs out of finger real estate? Build up! Duh. I suppose revolutions and the fall of many a monarchy had something to do with stifling such overtly ostentatious behavior for a few centuries. Well, now it’s back and I’m not ashamed to say that I will be one of the first to get back on the midi ring bandwagon. Maybe if I wear enough rings on my fingers I can get out of dishwashing duty and make Immigrant Husband take on that chore. . .maybe not.
Bernhard Strigel, Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1515
Raphael, Portrait of Maddalena Doni, ca. 1506
I’m going to design myself one with a rose cut diamond and a pave white diamond band set in rose gold. If you would like to recreate the mid ring look, either contact me to have me design one for you or you can buy more modern versions here:
Elise Dray, midi-finger ring with black diamonds; available here.
Jo.Liu, Linear Knuckle Ring; available here.
Maria Francesca Pepe, gold hammered midi-ring; available here.
Urban Outfitters, midi ring; available here.
Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,