James St James writes:
Feast your eyes on this lovely, whimsical ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge. Note the fine attention to detail and the realistic rendering of God’s cutest creatures. Doesn’t it just make you squeal? How much would you pay to own a ring like this? Fifty, maybe $60? What if I told you that each of these precious baubles was HAND-BLOWN and ONE-OF-A-KIND? NOW how much would you pay for such an extraordinary piece of craftsmanship? Upwards of $100? Do I maybe hear a few wistful fashionistas out there willing to pay up to $200, maybe even $250? Well, it is a honey of a ring, I’ll grant you that. Elegant AND fun. That Solange Azagury-Partridge really put her heart and soul into its design, yessiree. Now, I appreciate fine artistry as much as the next queen, and I tend to pay a bit more for outrageously trendy things than most. So I might go as high as $500. Right? Right? Are you still with me? Yes, I’ll pay $500 for the pleasure of wearing a little bird and bee on my ring finger. OK, then, after the jump, I will tell you the actual price for this amusing little trinket.
OK, are you sitting down? The actual price is $19,500. I SHIT YOU NOT. For a ceramic ring. Without any diamonds. Without any rubies. Without even any platinum or gold, for Christ’s sake. Am I wrong to be so shocked and appalled? Am I out of touch? Are there really people out there who think this is right and good? Is there really a market out there for $20,000 kitsch? I think this is one of the seven signs of the apocolypse, and for the record, I don’t think I’m going to buy it anymore. I just had to share this with you.
– James St James