By and large, rings serve as signifiers — you can tell a lot from the size of a stone and the finger it’s worn on. But whether they’re multigenerational heirlooms or tokens from a third marriage, jewels also carry with them distinct memories. We photographed six women wearing the jewelry that means the most to them — and asked them to share the stories behind their pieces. Click through the slideshow to see the results.
Photographs by Daniëlle van Ark; from the series “Everything Fell Into the Right Hands,” courtesy of Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam.
*This article appears in the February 9, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.