6 Women Tell the Stories of Their Lives Through the Stories of Their Jewelry

One woman’s jewelry includes a double-C Cartier bracelet-and-ring set. Photo: Danielle Van Ark
Talking With
Their Hands
Six women tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their jewelry.
Photographs by DANIËLLE VAN ARK

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.

6 Women Tell Their Life Stories in Jewelry