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Monday, February 20, 2012

I’m doing some collaborating with gorgeous London blogger Marian Kihogo and her model friend Tolula. I’ve loved Marian’s style for a long time. Her pattern-mixing, fondness for bright colors (especially in lipstick!), and trademark turban make her stand out, as does her height — she’s 6’1″ without shoes!

Photo by Hannan Saleh, from Marian's blog.

Marian and David Yi of the New York Daily News. Photo by Brian Lynch was published online by the New York Times.

Marian wears a lot of chunky rings, so when she told me she was coming to New York for Fashion Week, I decided to make her something special. I took my regular sterling silver Evelina perma-stacked stacking ring, seen here …

$625. Click to purchase.

… and here, on my own hands …

The Evelina is second from the right.

… and jazzed it up by setting two square-cut amethysts in it. Because Marian breaks all style rules, I set the amethysts upside down to symbolize her unique take on fashion.

Marian's custom Evelina ring. Photo by John Muggenborg.

I also loaned Marian other rings for her week in New York, and, of course, she put everything together in fascinating ways. I particularly like Hannan Saleh‘s close-up photo of Marian wearing her Evelina ring and my silver Fulvia ring over fingerless gloves.

Click to read Marian's post on her custom ring.

I happened to have a silver Boleyn “M” initial necklace hanging around, so Marian wound up with that too. If you look closely — right under Marian’s chin — you can see it in this photo I took at Lincoln Center.

Marian is holding up her Evelina ring.

I dressed up in my finest black t-shirt and jeans to meet Marian that day.

Our first meeting!

Marian was more impressively dressed. Here’s her head-to-toe look.

Regal, isn't she?

I like that Marian doesn’t shy away from wearing heels. If you’re going to be tall anyway, why not be supa-dupa tall?

I hope you’ll see a lot more from Marian and me in the future. In the meantime, remember that you can always ask me for customized jewelry. I’ve shown a lot of custom pieces that I made from scratch or heavily redesigned, but I can also do smaller tweaks like the Evelina ring I did for Marian. Holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com if you want to chat about the possibilities.

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12 Responses to “My Customized Evelina Ring for Marian Kihogo”

  1. Eli says:

    When worlds collide! I love how she remixes your pieces into her own wardrobe. She has such a keen eye for mixing and matching, Susie Bubble on acid!

  2. sulky kitten says:

    She looks amazing! I love the way the rings work with the fingerless glove.

  3. Lara says:

    Oh my! I love her style! The rings w/ fingerless gloves is genius!

  4. I am forever in support of tall women, and the ring is beautiful!

  5. stacy says:

    She’s got a fabulous sense of style… the amethyst ring suits her well!!

  6. Absolutely love Marion’s style!
    This ring is perfect for her ~ a real statement piece!


  7. Marti says:

    Really like how she incorporates “pops” of color

  8. I love her style! A lovely ring, looks great on her.

  9. Melina says:

    gorgeous ring, love it

  10. Susan Tiner says:

    I love her style! Sometimes I’d give anything to be TALL.

  11. Marians style is great! Her whole appearance seems very cool. And yes indeed the ring suits her very well. I’m also liking the picture with your ringed hands a lot. You can never go wrong with lots of rings!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I love how Marian worked your jewelry into her brilliant style.

    Your idea to set the amethysts upside down was so cool, I really admire that . . . you could start a whole line of “spiked” jewelry with that as your starting point.

    Tell me about that vest you’re wearing!