I designed my 18K gold and diamond Mia scent locket in 2006.
A scent locket isn’t a new concept. (It’s designed so the wearer can put solid perfume in the locket; the openings in the locket allow the fragrance to waft out.) It’s easy to find vintage scent lockets as well as modern-day costume-jewelry versions. Some of them have floral themes. I did my version while I was having a Pop Art moment. I was desperate to do something with a ’60s-looking daisy. I figured the Pop daisies might be a new twist on a classic, floral, scent-locket design. Three years later, J. Crew had a similar thought about daisies and did a cute ring, though I don’t think theirs opened up. For all I know, a thousand designers have done a daisy scent locket. Sometimes it’s not about having the only one. It’s about having the most beautiful one!
Anyway, the daisies made me think of Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby character. Daisy Buchanan made me think of Mia Farrow, who played Daisy in the 1974 movie version of The Great Gatsby. Mia Farrow made me think of the iconic Vidal Sassoon haircut Mia got in 1967.
The date of Mia’s haircut brought me back to the era that inspired my daisies, and that’s why I named my locket “Mia.”
I put the same daisy on my Primavera ring and Dewdrop earrings.
But what I really wanted was a Mia scent-locket ring. I thought about it all these years, but felt compelled to put my resources into fresh designs. When I went through inventory recently and realized I had two Mia locket necklaces, I decided to turn one into a ring. (Those of you who guessed that this sneak peek was a Mia ring can pat yourselves on the back.)
The first time I wore it, I was amused to discover that my gorgeous friend Jen was wearing a complementary costume-jewelry bracelet. Different flowers but the effect was the same.
What can I say? Clusters of tiny flowers aren’t the most original jewelry idea, but I still love my design.
While I was converting the Mia necklace to a ring, I gave the same treatment to one of my Juana skull pendants. Here’s the original necklace.
And here is the new ring.
While my Juana skull pieces were inspired by a 16th-century royal lady of Spain, their cartoonish look owes more to Mexico’s Day of the Dead sugar skulls.
I like to mash up my influences.
I’ve also made two more rings from the original four-ring swear ring set available for purchase on their own. (I’d already done the hashtag ring.) No one had ever requested the exclamation point rings, so I didn’t plan to sell them separately. But when I offered supermodel Gisele her pick of rings after she wore the whole set for a recent shoot, she took two exclamation points. A supermodel is never wrong, so now you can all have sterling-silver exclamation point rings. They’re $55, which is pretty inexpensive for my locally made, limited-edition pieces.
While I was at it, I made the “at” ring available on its own. It’s $115.
You can browse my entire ring collection here. If you want to order a custom ring, holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com (but read this first so you know what to expect). I can create a new ring design from scratch or customize existing designs. As an example of the latter, my gorgeous friend Elizabeth Wurtzel recently requested a silver version of my 18K gold and lapis Nefertiti poison ring.
I think it looks good on her.
You can see more of my custom work here.