The most theft prone pieces are the rings, which I display in flat
cases with glass covers which I can lift to show them.
I have what I think is a near-perfect solution for this, though it’s
a bit of a pain to set up. I “stole” the idea from a gallery showing
at SOFA (so not my own original idea) which had multi-thousand-dollar
rings shown this way.
A pedestal can be topped with a display that has rows of little
holes in it. Each ring is held by a piece of tiger tail or some such
that then passses through a hole and has a weight on the other end of
the cable, a foot or so down. People can pick up and try the rings
while they are still attached, then the weight keeps them standing
straight up and visible.
This display attracts a LOT of attention, and people love that they
can play with all the rings without asking to have them taken out.
When one is bought, I snip the cable and tie it around a pen or some
other place holder until I can put in another ring. If the cable
falls through, it’s a real PITA. On the other hand, if a theif
snipped one, the falling weight would make noise and attract
attention. It has not happened as yet.
The hardest part was the question of what to use as weights, plus
also how to prevent the hanging cables from tangling. At first I used
anything I had around since they were not visible, from bits of
plumbing to doorknobs. Too heavy a weight makes it hard to try on a
ring. A couple ounces is probably about right, though I haven’t
The worst experience with this display was two middle-aged ladies at
a show that offered free wine. They discovered that they could pull
the rings out and let them go. They just LOVED it when they snapped
back into place with a loud THOCK!
I wish I could figure out a comparable way to display necklaces and
pins, but those still go in glass cases. Still, I think the
accessible ring display is a great ice-breaker.
And if you noticed I didn’t say what I now use for weights-- it is a
problem I still haven’t found the ideal solution to, as I am not
willing to spend a lot of time or money on it. In the best of all
worlds, I would use a pedestal with open sides and make lovely
weights out of beach pebbles or glass blobs, so people could also
enjoy seeing them go up and down as the rings are lifted and put