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Glass Master

Crystal rings are a great introduction to bling.

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Orfeo Quagliata's "Bling Ring" glitters and sparkles.  

Crystal rings are a great introduction to bling. They sparkle, come in dozens of colors, and can easily be replaced. Lalique’s Cabochon ring, designed in 1931, is a classic crystal design, and at $225, relatively affordable. But bargain hunters should check out the modern interpretation of the Cabochon available from Phuze, a Mexico City–based collaborative. Principal designer Orfeo Quagliata’s father, Narcissus Quagliata, is a rock star in the art-glass world (his credits include the dome for the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome). Orfeo’s first jewelry creation, the “Bling Ring,” is handmade from crystal, so each piece is slightly different. The facets catch the light as beautifully as more expensive versions—but this sparkler costs a mere $65. Choose from eleven colors; available at Sublime American Design (26 Varick Street; 212-941-8888) and the Museum of Art & Design (40 West 53rd Street; 212-956-3535).


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