When I was 16, I wanted nothing more than an artsy moonstone ring to wear every day. It was the perfect finishing touch to my "boho babe" identity that I had been crafting since first stumbling into Free People.
But save for a Tiffany charm bracelet (because, duh) and a pair of simple stud earrings, jewelry wasn’t my top priority in high school. I ran track, which meant digging my fingers into the dirt three times a week; did cheerleading, which meant throwing my hands up in the air like I truly did not care; and lived in a household where rings, no matter which finger they lived on, signified one thing and one thing only: adulthood.
But I wanted a moonstone ring — one with a silver band and black edging, to be specific — and truly felt that sliding one on would transform me, glass slipper-style, into someone who was sophisticated, sleek, and other S-words that entail maturity I can’t think of.
Years later, I’d thought my yearning for moonstones had disappeared. I was wrong. Enter Aaryah’s Naima Gunmetal Ring, which I came across while scouring Instagram (love my job). I became immediately transfixed by its look: One side is studded with mini moonstones, and it can be worn moonstone- or metal side-up, depending on what you’re going for. But most importantly, it encapsulates my idea of "cool," both then and now.