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March 14, 2012

The Great Frog

I love the idea of hyper-masculine, almost frightening jewelry with minimal and mildly androgynous clothing.  Many who subscribe to the goth-ninja subculture (people who shop or work at Atelier NYC, avid readers of the StyleZeitgeist) do it expertly, pairing head-to-toe drapy and frock-like Ann Demeulemeester and m.a+ with fistfuls of Werkstatt München and Chrome Hearts skull rings.   I like to do it with softer contrast, say, a slouchy t-shirt and big black shorts with a bold silver ring or three.  My finds at The Great Frog NYC will fit seamlessly into my wardrobe.

One of my favorite Great Frog pieces is this ring that from above looks like little silver balls, or pearls even, but reveals itself to be tiny skulls seated side-by-side when viewed at eye level.

The Great Frog is a jewelry store established in London in 1972, and has crafted bespoke pieces for rock gods Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slash, and Aerosmith.  They are the originators of the skull ring, and I find it interesting how they weave iconic symbols such as skulls, anchors, and crosses into their designs.

a horseshoe ring and a skull ring on The Great Frog NYC's Chris Thompson

I'm not typically a fan of the "one little diamond", but it works very well to highlight the gold cross flanked by claw-like corners on a chunky and flat, frame-like ring.

I’ve fallen in love with their Navajo ring: it’s bold, and tough, and ornate, and just so inviting.

the Navajo ring in Amethyst

I’m torn between the amethyst above and the cabochon moonstone below.  The former would go perfectly with spring pastels, while the latter would be fantastic with summer blacks and whites.  What do you think?

Navajo ring set with cabochon moonstone

anchor rings for the pirate in every man

a sparrow and ship necklace hanging from a crocodile head

special thanks to Chris at The Great Frog NYC

1 Comment

  • Hannah
    March 18th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The Navajo ring with amethyst is lovely!


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