What's Hot Now: Bold Day Rings

04/26/2007 at 04:17 PM ET

Wearing bright colors isn’t the only way to get some attention this summer. As you can see in our May Stylewatch issue, the it-accessory of the moment is oversized rings for daytime. Celebrities like Ciara, Eva Mendes, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore are pairing casual clothes with big-time sparklers for a more eye-catching look. Whether made of precious metals, wood, or Lucite, these bold rings will definitely show you’ve got your finger on the pulse. You can get Ciara’s gold and jet stone ring by Kenneth Jay Lane, $75, at vivre.com, and the patterned wooden version, $16, at urbanoutfitters.com. For more big rings and other stylish trends, check out our new issue on newsstands now.

Splurge:
Alexis Bittar silver Lucite “Biba” stone ring, $295, www.alexisbittar.com — even better, save 20% on regularly priced jewelry from April 27 to May 24 by entering PEOPLE at checkout.

Sheila Fajl “Large Round Ring,” Quartz with 18kt gold plated brushed band, $250, at nordstrom.com.

Steal:
Forever 21 “Rhinestone Ring,” $5 at forever21.com.

Phuze “Nubi” glass ring, $37, at ” target=”_blank”>unicahome.com.

Photo: Scott Gries/Getty; jeff harris

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Allison T, on

I absolutely LOVE Alexis Bittar Lucite jewelry—and I’m really excited that large rings are back in style. Do you think that includes honking big turquoise rings? (I bought one years ago and gave it to my best friend—I wonder if that fits the bill or not?)

Vandana on

If you are talking slrictty about the movies of each respective franchise, then I would agree with your observation. The reason for this is that all of the Star Wars films (The Prequel Trilogy included) were movies and were NOT based off of preexisting books. Each movie has been adapted into a novel version AFTER the movies were released. Adversely the Lord of the Rings was a 3-volume set of one massive novel, this novel is generally considered one of the greatest fantasy epics of the modern era. Only after decades of avid readers falling in love with the story, was the Lord of the Rings adapted into 3 films named after the 3 volumes they were based on. As a result of the Star Wars franchise having begun as feature length films, they are geared more towards action sequences and not quite as much story building, as such is the nature of film making because of the need to captivate an audience for a fixed amount of time. Tolkien was very cerebral as an author and went into painstaking detail about almost every aspect of his world, and the history of his world. Part of the reason LOTR has the fan base it does is because of how tangible and almost-real Tolkien made his world and his characters seem. As a result the movies made based off of the LOTR attempted to pay homage to such detail and so they are more focused on the story building that is such a part of their fame.However, both Lord of the Rings and Star Wars have a lot to offer both in story telling and action. Delving into the Expanded Universe novels of the Star Wars franchise would expose you to the rich story telling that has made the Star Wars galaxy the most developed fictional society in history. Likewise Lord of the Rings has tons of action especially as you move deeper into the story and the War of the Ring commences. The battle for Helm’s Deep in the Two Towers, and the Siege of Gondor in the Return of the King provide some of the most epic battles in the entire fantasy genre. In the end the two franchises have a lot to offer fans and exploring each of them beyond just the movies is more than worth your time.

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