This Secret Message Ring Uses Victorian-Era Code To Create A Modern Gift

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When it comes to a thoughtful holiday gift, there’s nothing like jewelry — and when it comes to jewelry, there’s nothing more awww-inducing than something simple, delicate, and personalized. While there are a lot of customizable baubles out there, the challenge comes in finding something that’s streamlined enough to suit a variety of personal styles while still feeling unique. Sure, an engraved locket or birthstone earrings will always be well-received, but if you’re looking for something a little different, this must be the place.
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Self-taught jeweler Shuang Everett Li — designer and maker behind Etsy’s Everli Jewelry — dreamt up a slim stacker that checks all of the previously spelled-out boxes. Her Morse Code Ring is an ingenious take on a personalized design, with diminutive diamonds that function as the dots and corresponding negative space taking the place of the dashes that appear in the Victorian-era telegraphic language. “I wanted to create a gift that felt like a secret note, only known by its giver and wearer,” Li told us. She makes the ring at her studio in New York — with the help of expert stone-setters in the jewelry district — from recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds. 
Starting at a reasonable $75 for a sterling silver band set with one “letter” (a single diamond), the style can accommodate up to 20 stones and comes sized to the wearer’s specifications. (It’s important to note that the ring is final sale, and can’t be re-sized, in order to preserve the integrity of the design.) It takes Shuang roughly 2 - 3 weeks to create each piece, so if you're picturing a setting where a special someone will be opening this on Christmas Eve (or thereabouts), place your order no later than December 8. “I want my jewelry to inspire others to stay connected to their own voice and walk their own unique paths,” Shuang told us — a concept that her secret message ring will communicate loud and clear this holiday season.
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Photographed by Heami Lee, Prop Styled by Beth Pakradooni.