A Yes or No Question: First Knuckle Rings

A Yes or No Question: First Knuckle Rings(Instagram/rosiehw)

First knuckle rings, or memory rings, may not be a new trend — they've been gaining momentum for a few years now — but, as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proves in this Instagram shot she posted yesterday, they have staying power. Metaphorical staying power. Not actual staying power — those things slip off all the time. Like, unless you get yours sized exactly, it's actually just on loan to you until it falls off your finger and goes tragically bouncing down a subway grate.

A Yes or No Question: First Knuckle Rings(Twitter/catbirdnyc)

But they're pretty, right? And they can easily be mixed with your everyday jewelry, so they're not too much of a commitment, style-wise. First knuckle rings are also a nice, subtle antidote to those elbow-reaching bracelet stacks (okay, fine, arm parties) that are just starting to fade from street style blog pages, and, you know, actual streets. Plus, wrists full of bangles make it impossible to type, while you can barely feel memory rings.

A Yes or No Question: First Knuckle Rings(Twitter/catbirdnyc)

On the other hand, like all impractical fashion trends (like, say, wearing your coat as a cape), going around with bling on every finger joint might comes across as trying too hard. If you're worried about that sort of thing.

If you're not, Catbird, a lovely jewelry shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn featuring local designers, has a pretty extensive selection of barely-there memory rings on their website — they've been making them since 2008!

Tell us, what do you think of the look?
Poll: Would you wear a first knuckle ring?
Click to vote:
  • Absolutely! It's such a pretty look.
  • No way! It's trying way to hard.
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