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Betony Vernon Rings

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The paradigm shift took place over lunch in Florence, Italy, circa 1992. Betony Vernon, a striking flame-haired jewelry designer, was showing off her most recent creation: the 18-karat-gold O-ring, designed with a nod to a bondage collar, with a smaller ring affixed to its front.

Playfully, Vernon's partner put his pinky through the smaller ring as she donned the larger one. Then, the unexpected happened. “There was an electric impulse running through this piece,” she recalls. “We both felt it.” The feeling changed her life. “That was the moment I knew that jewelry can provide sensation and reinforce an intimate bond.”

Enabling others to experience electric moments like that — to “bring luxury, fantasy and sensual possibilities to the fine-jewelry world” — has been Vernon's aim ever since. “Sex and luxury were never associated,” she noticed, and the jewelry designer set out to change that. The result was her 1992 Sado-Chic collection, which became the Paradise Found collection.

Vernon grew up in Virginia and studied art history, religion and goldsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following her graduation in 1990, she moved to Florence, later earning a master’s in industrial design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Europe has been home ever since.

Vernon's designs are provocative, sexy. But if you look no further than that, you’re missing a much bigger (and more interesting) point. Vernon’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories represent a vital part of what she sees as her life’s mission.

“Pleasure,” she explains, “has been associated with sin, wrongness and naughtiness, not with joy, happiness and bonding.” Vernon has set out to demolish that “pleasure taboo.”

So, how is pleasure reflected in the design of Vernon's jewelry (and remember, we are talking sensuality not sexuality)? Early in the design process, she asks, “How many senses can I turn on?” Every detail relates to a sensual experience.

That crisp snap a clasp makes when opening or closing? A pleasure to the ear.

The softness and spring of noble metals, silver and gold? A pleasure to the touch.

And always, Vernon believes, jewelry embodies memory, legacy. A pleasure for the soul.

Find a collection of Betony Vernon jewelry on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Betony Vernon
Betony Vernon "Sleeping Ring" Small 18 Karat White Gold Pavée Ruby
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Sleeping Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and manufactured in lost wax elements. Part of the iconic "Tokens of Paradise Collection", it is a discreet and humorous sym...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Natural Pearl, Ruby, White Gold

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Onyx Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Onyx Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic potential ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Onyx, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Three Sphere Massage Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Three Sphere Massage Ring" was designed in 1998 by Betony Vernon and manufactured in lost wax elements. While it can be worn discreetly beyond the boudoir, the "Three Sphere Mas...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Massage Ring" Ring 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1996 and manufactured in lost wax elements. While it can be worn discreetly beyond the boudoir, the Double Sphere Ma...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Cuff Kit" Medium Bracelet Chain Ring 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O-Ring" timeless signature pieces has been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This medium "O-Ring Cuff Kit" includes one "O-Ring Band Larg...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Massage Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1996 and is manufactured in lost wax elements. While it can be worn discreetly beyond the boudoir, the Double Sphere...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Yoyo Massage Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925 Woman Size in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Yoyo Massage Ring" is a wearable sculpture designed by Betony Vernon in 1998. The ring slides between the index and middle finger and is used for massage, both intimate and full...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Dumortierite Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Dumortierite Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic po...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Shag Bague" Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Shag Bague" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 to be worn on the middle finger. As other massage rings and jewel tool by Betony Vernon, this wearable piece of sculpture doubl...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Spike Ring Small" Rare Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Spike Ring Small" is an original design from Betony Vernon made in 1996. The spike adorned with a Ruby symbolizes a duality both sharp and sweet. Straight from the 90's, the "S...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Ruby, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Petting Ring Small" Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Petting Ring Small" was designed in 1998 by Betony Vernon and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "Petting Ring"’s ergonomic form obliges the index finger and thumb to form t...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Cuff Kit" Large Bracelet Chain Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O-ring" timeless signature pieces has been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This large "O-Ring Cuff Kit" includes one "O-Ring Band Large...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Tassel Cocktail Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Tassel Cocktail Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2004 and manufactured in lost wax elements. As elegant as it is playful, the jewel is likely to spark conversation. Like m...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Cocktail Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Cocktail Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2004 and manufactured in lost wax elements. As elegant as it is playful, the jewel is likely to spark conversation....
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "String of Black Pearls Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Designed in 1996, the "String of Black Pearls Massage Ring" is a Paradise Found classic. It may be worn by day and by night, from the office to a cocktail party, but its’ luminous be...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Black Pearl, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Band Medium Ring" Sterling Silver 925 18k Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O-Ring Band Medium Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "O-Ring Band Medium Ring" is part of a timeless signature Betony Vernon...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Gold, Silver, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Small Double Sphere Massage Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Small Double Sphere Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and is manufactured in lost wax elements. While it can be worn discreetly beyond the boudoir, the "Small ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Cuff Diamond Pavée Kit" Bracelet Ring 18k Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O'ring" timeless signature pieces has been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This "O'Ring Cuff mini" includes one "O'Ring Band Mini Diamo...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Pierced Wing Ring" One-Off Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "Pierced Wing Ring" Ring in 1999. Straight from the 90s, the wings are the symbol of lightness, spirituality and freedom and it is in this spirit that the ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Band Mini Diamond Pavée" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O-Ring Band Mini Diamond Pavée" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "O-Ring Band Mini Diamond Pavée" ring is part of a timeless...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Calcite Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Calcite Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic potenti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Cuff Kit" Medium Bracelet Chain Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O-Ring" timeless signature pieces has been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This medium "O-Ring Cuff Kit" includes one "O-Ring Band Larg...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Calcite Massage Ring" 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Calcite Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic potenti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Marabou Pleasure Puff Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Marabou Pleasure Puff Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1996 to tickle your every fantasy and that of anyone who beholds its exotic beauty. The cocktail ring’s sensual pres...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "String of Pearls Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Designed in 1996, the "String Of Pearls Massage Ring" is a Paradise Found classic. It may be worn by day and by night, from the office to a cocktail party, but its luminous beauty is...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Pearl, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Cuff Kit" Bracelet Chain Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O'ring" timeless signature pieces has been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This "O'Ring Cuff Kit" includes one "O'Ring Band Mini Ring" ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Petting Ring Large" Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Petting Ring Large" was designed in 1998 by Betony Vernon and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "Petting Ring"’s ergonomic form obliges the index finger and thumb to form t...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Wing Ring" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "Wing Ring" Ring in 1999. Straight from the 90's, the wings are the symbol of lightness, spirituality and freedom and it is in this spirit that the ring sh...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Wing Rings Set" Rings 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "Wing Rings Set" in 1999. Straight from the 90s, the wings are a symbol of lightness, spirituality and freedom and it is in this spirit that the rings shou...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Marble Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Marble Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic potentia...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Band Large Ring" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O-Ring Band Large Ring" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "O-Ring Band Large Ring" ring is part of a timeless signature BV Sa...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "Sleeping Ring" Large Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Sleeping Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and manufactured in lost wax elements. Part of the iconic "Tokens of Paradise Collection", it is a discreet and humorous sym...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "String of Pearls Massage Ring" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "String Of Pearls Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1996 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "String Of Pearls Massage Ring" is a Paradise Found classic. It m...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Pearl, 18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Cuff Kit Mini" Bracelet Ring Chain 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O'Ring" timeless signature pieces have been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This "O'Ring Cuff Kit Mini" includes one "O'Ring Band Ring ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "Pierced Ring" Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Pierced Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and manufactured in lost wax elements. Part of the iconic "Tokens of Paradise", it is a bold and humorous symbol of virility ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Ostrich Feather Puff" Green Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Ostrich Feather Pleasure Puff" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1994 to tickle your fantasy. The ring it is still coveted by collectors today as the "Ostrich Feather Pleasu...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Band Mini Ring" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O-Ring Band Mini Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "O-Ring Band Mini Ring" is part of a timeless signature Betony Vernon's s...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Band Medium Diamond Pavée" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Band Medium Diamond Pavée" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. This ring is part of a timeless signature BV Sado-Chic series...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Band Mini Ring" Ring Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Band Mini Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "O'Ring Band Mini Ring" is part of a timeless signature Betony Vernon's s...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Sleeping Ring" Small Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Sleeping Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and manufactured in lost wax elements. Part of the iconic "Tokens of Paradise Collection", it is a discreet and humorous sym...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Band Medium Ring" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Band Medium Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The"O'Ring Band Medium Ring" is part of a timeless signature Betony Vernon'...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Petting Ring Medium" Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Petting Ring Medium" was designed in 1998 by Betony Vernon and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "Petting Ring"’s ergonomic form obliges the index finger and thumb to form ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Seven Sphere Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Seven Sphere Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1996 and manufactured in lost wax elements, with seven 18 Karat Gold Spheres on a Sterling Silver 925 base. The "Seve...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Ostrich Feather Puff" Black Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Ostrich Feather Pleasure Puff" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1994 to tickle your fantasy. The ring it is still coveted by collectors today as the "Ostrich Feather Pleasu...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Small Double Sphere Massage Ring" 18 Karat Gold Ring
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Small Double Sphere Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and is manufactured in lost wax elements. While it can be worn discreetly beyond the boudoir, the "Small ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Ostrich Feather Puff" White Ring Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Ostrich Feather Pleasure Puff" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1994 to tickle your fantasy. The ring it is still coveted by collectors today as the "Ostrich Feather Pleasu...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Race Rings" Seven Rings Sterling Silver in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Race Rings" is an iconic and original design made by Betony Vernon in 1997. Manufactured in lost wax elements, this unique style is as bold as elegant, as the figured motif gets...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Essence Ring" with Funnel Sterling Silver 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Essence Ring" was designed in 1995. Betony Vernon’s work explores all of the senses and in this case the powerful sense of smell. The "Essence Ring" allows you to carry your fav...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Sterling Silver, Gold

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Amazonite Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Amazonite Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic poten...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Amazonite, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Calcite Massage Ring" 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Calcite Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic potenti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Thulite Massage Ring" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Double Sphere Thulite Massage Ring" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2017 to be worn as a statement piece as well as to provide a healing massage. The ring’s therapeutic potenti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Band Large Diamond Pavée" Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Band Large Diamond Pavée" ring was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax elements. The "O'Ring Band Large Diamond Pavée" ring is part of a timele...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon rings for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Betony Vernon rings. " These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using sterling silver. When shopping for the most elegant Betony Vernon antique or vintage jewellery to match your ensemble, you’ll find that Betony Vernon diamond rings from our inventory of 4 can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. In this collection we have 50 pieces, as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 1990s. Many customers also consider rings by Elisa Pozza of PETRONILLA, Eva Fehren and Jose Hess.. Betony Vernon rings can vary in price, gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$625 and tops out at US$29,388, while pieces like these can sell for US$3,126 on average.

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