Come Up and Ring Me Sometime

The word ring means different things to different people. To the marriage-minded, it symbolizes lifelong commitment. To sports enthusiasts, it’s where the action is. And to the geek set, it conjures images of questing hobbits. But as it turns out, a ring can be many more things than we ever suspected.

To wit: “200 Rings,” the inaugural show at Velvet da Vinci’s new gallery space on Russian Hill, displays an array of rings so diverse and unexpected, it just might broaden your definition. There’s designer Todd Reed’s Diamond Grid Ring, featuring his signature raw diamonds in 22-karat gold. There’s the Fold Ring by Alan Revere, a square-edged design of textured gold with a fan-like extension of metal at the top. Or, for something truly out of the ordinary, check out Cynthia Toops’s Wheat Grass Ring.

If one of them really captures your fancy, take it home — all designs are for sale. Or, if your budget doesn’t allow for that, get a copy of 1000 Rings, the companion book to the exhibit.

Don’t delay, though — the exhibit is up only through January 1.

A — duh — perfect way to ring in the New Year.

“200 Rings” at Velvet da Vinci, 2015 Polk Street, between Pacific Street and Broadway (415-626-7478 or velvetdavinci.com).

Photo Credit: Julia Turner