I recently picked up a couple of books on illustrator and writer Edward Gorey at a local bookshop. The inside cover of one of the books was a black-and-white photograph, a close-up image of Gorey's hands upon a wooden table (see below), wearing a pair of VERY large (African?) rings, one on each pinky. Intrigued, I found numerous references to Gorey's taste and love of jewelry in the texts and began to look for other images of him wearing his chosen adornments. I even found a picture of his jewelry collection, hung from a wall of his home on an old wooden thread bobbin holder. His love of large rings is even more apparent in this picture, and he had a acquired an extensive collection of ethnic and antique pieces. I only wish he had come into my retail store years ago...I would have had much for him to choose from to add to his collection!
"Edward wore jewelry long before it was a common occurrence to see men wearing earrings, finger rings, and neck pendants. African, Tibetan, and Indian jewelry were of particular interest to him. Some of his rings were so heavy and awkward that one had to wonder how he could function with such obstacles...Inspired by the 1961 French film Cleo from 5 to 7, whose heroine hung her necklaces on the wall, Edward dealt with the problem of his ever-growing collection of jewelry by hanging his rings and pendant on wooden racks that had once held spools of thread." -- Kevin McDermott, Elephant House or, The Home of Edward Gorey
"'Gorey's long fingers positively droop under the weight of the brass doughnuts he wears,' said Mary Rourke in the The National Observer in 1976. 'They come from lands of mystery, like Egypt and Tibet. And he wears dozens of African necklaces of beads and shells, tinkling and clinking like odd bells. "I've always dressed this way' says Gorey"'" -- Karen Wilkin, ed., Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey