Hila Shachar matches ballet heroines with beautiful bling
Hands are one of the most expressive parts of a dancer’s body, sending messages to the audience about the story and characters. Some of ballet’s most famous heroines are here explored through their hands and what one imagines would best grace them – an imaginary exercise of pure indulgence! Here’s a compilation of ballet rings for our leading ladies.
Odette from Swan Lake - Wave Ring by Elizabeth Knight
The most fitting ring to adorn the graceful figure of Odette is one that resembles a deep blue lake encased by a gentle, wave-like band. The watery brilliance of this ring speaks of both the tears of sorrow that formed Odette’s magical lake, and the eternal nature of her love.
Swanilda from Coppélia - Signet Ring by Bittersweets
Swanilda is a clever character whose sharp wits save her love from an untimely death. Rather than a delicate adornment, her hands deserve a more substantial ring that represents her strength and loyalty in the face of danger.
Cinderella – Fleur De Lis Crown Ring by Elizabeth Knight
This crown ring symbolises Cinderella’s rise from rags to riches, with a nod to Perrault’s highly influential French version of the fairy tale, in the form of the Fleur de lis.
For Manon, only a truly gaudy ring resembling a delicious bauble will do. Embracing the hedonism of the libertine world of the ballet, this ring is like captured droplets of champagne bubbles wrapped in gold – a truly decadent piece to sit on the fingers of a heroine seduced by wealth.
Giselle is one of the purest and most delicate heroines of ballet. Her innocence and devotion (and the poor health of her heart) is what ultimately leads to her tragic death. All this delicacy, purity and sorrow are encompassed by this simple pearl ring.
Nikiya from La Bayadère - Temple Ring by Mociun
The love story of Nikiya, the temple dancer, and her warrior, Solor, could be told through this ring. At the centre of the ring lies a smoky stone that represents their reunited spirits in death, after the fiery destruction of the temple that separated them in life.
Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty - Three Fairies Ring by Elisa Solomon
This princessy, frothy pink ring pays tribute to one of ballet’s most adored princesses, Aurora, whose fate is sealed by the gifts and curses of fairies.
Juliet from Romeo and Juliet – Sun and Moon Ring by Natalia Moroz
Juliet’s hands are best graced by a ring that speaks of Romeo’s metaphors of love. In Romeo’s eyes, she is the sun that makes the moon jealous and competes with the brilliance of the stars. The epic nature of their love is here made literal through this stately ring.
Kitri from Don Quixote - Archipelago Ring by Polly Wales
Kitri is a feisty, independent and free-spirited character, exploding with energy and vitality. One can’t imagine a demure ring on her finger; she is best adorned with a trinket as vibrant and bright as she is.
The Sylphide from La Sylphide - Growing Tree Ring by Yayoi Forest
It’s hard to imagine any other ring on the finger of this ethereal woodland sylph but one that symbolises the forest.
Clara from the Nutcracker – Hexagon Ring by Satomi Kawakita
This simple, girlish ring is fitting for a character like Clara, who is on the cusp of womanhood. The bright ruby centre in this simple gold band stands for her Nutcracker in his soldierly red coat, the Christmas setting of the ballet, and her budding femininity.
How would you adorn your favourite ballet heroine?