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02-21-2011, 08:39 PM
I apologize in advance for such a trivial question, but I'm not finding a decent answer to this...

One of my characters is an editor at a New York fashion magazine. She was given a three-carat solitaire engagement ring. How does she handle gloves in winter? I'm sure she had a collection of expensive gloves in various colors before she got the ring; would these still fit? Would the ring wear a hole in a pair that she wore often?

She gets the ring in the middle of September at the end of one book, and the next book starts up with her walking down the street in mid-December. I want to say something about her getting accustomed to the ring, and since she'll be wearing gloves that day it's important that I get that right.

02-21-2011, 08:42 PM
The problem is that if these are fitting fashion gloves they will fit too tight to cover a riased setting, but you could wear the ring over the glove without changing fingers. If you have three carats over several stone without a raised setting it might fit under a satin glove or another glove with some give.

02-21-2011, 09:09 PM
When wearing the gloves she would have to spin the set toward the palm side. I did that when I wore gloves. It seems there is more room on the underside of the finger area then on the top part. (Hope that makes sense.)

02-21-2011, 09:15 PM
Or get "ring gloves" custom made; My google-fu turned up the discussion on a brides' board.

Many brides prefer the classic elegance of wearing gloves with their wedding gown, but there are several things they need to consider for their engagement rings. Never wear the ring on top of the glove - it could easily fall off when the glove is removed or be too tight to remove without a struggle. If the ring is to be worn under gloves, they should fit loosely through the fingers to avoid snagging on the ring, especially if it has a high, exposed setting. A specialized ring glove is recommended, where the appropriate finger has a functional slit and can easily be manipulated to accommodate rings. After the ceremony, gloves should be removed for the meal and socializing, and to better allow guests to admire the new wedding rings.

02-21-2011, 10:23 PM
She could wear the ring over the gloves... but that strikes a certain tone for me in terms of the type of woman you're writing. Does she have to wear the ring on her finger all the time? A friend of mine got engaged recently - she keeps the ring on a chain when she's wearing gloves, washing dishes, or doing anything that would muck it up.

02-21-2011, 11:38 PM
A ring that fits her finger won't fit over the thinnest, fitting-est gloves. A large raised setting may fit under the glove, but it'll leave a good-sized and quite visible lump. A flatter setting, less so, but still a lump. A ring with the setting rotated to place the stone on the palm side is what most women do.

(OMG, I'm old enough to remember wearing gloves when I dressed up!)

The Kid (actually an adult) wears long gloves at goth clubs on occasion. IIRC, she just turns the ring to the palm.

Anybody who can make a bound buttonhole by hand, though, could easily make a 'wedding glove' which lets the ring's setting stick out.

Maryn, who only wears gloves for warmth or dishwashing now

02-22-2011, 12:04 AM
She wears the ring under the glove; a kid leather glove--naturally. :-)

02-22-2011, 01:30 AM
If she is wearing gloves to keep her hands warm, they may be loose enough or stretchy enough to fit over her ring.
If she is wearing elegant kid gloves, the kind that come in sizes to fit your hand, she would have to turn the stone to the palm side.
Could she put on mittens? (Hand knit by Peruvian natives with hand spun llama yarn, of course. Preferably dyed using vegetable dyes only.)

02-22-2011, 02:53 AM
I agree that swivelling the setting to the palm side is the most likely scenario.

If the gloves are italian leather, cashmere lined (as I imagine a new york fashion editor would wear), then there is absolutely no way on earth the ring would fit over the gloves.

02-22-2011, 03:00 AM
Thanks to everyone for your help. Turning the stone to the palm seems to be the best solution. I'd think even what she wears as cold-weather gloves would be thin and sized numerically; she takes a long walk in the beginning of the story and I could see her realizing that they're not very good at keeping her hands warm.

A lot of the things I've found online with rings worn over gloves were a Holly Golightly glam look, with big cocktail rings.

Could she put on mittens? (Hand knit by Peruvian natives with hand spun llama yarn, of course. Preferably dyed using vegetable dyes only.)

This led me to www.llamajama.com (http://www.llamajama.com) - their sweaters are rather expensive ($200-$300), but mittens are only $18 in adult sizes. One of my other characters is the magazine's shopping editor who's always looking for neat things to feature. Looks like she's going to keep some Peruvian women very busy! :)

02-22-2011, 03:09 AM
Winter gloves are just not that fitted--a three-carat solitaire fits just fine under winter gloves, either in its normal position or reversed, depending on how raised the setting is. Also, a three-carat diamond isn't enormous; in a circular cut, it's about 9 mm in diameter.

Where people have issues with rings not fitting under their gloves is with formal gloves, not with winter gloves.