When need is inventive, pressure has to be the happy father – the smartest solutions usually come from situations where you need something and need it quickly. “Usually I work in a very small space next to hair and make-up to quickly get the talent ready to be in front of the camera,” says Betina Goldstein, the nail artist behind Doublemoss Arte and all these manicure photos that you can’t stop to ogle and send to your saved Instagram folder. Without much space on a shared beauty table, Goldstein began making small, makeshift pallets of everything from gloves to plastic coffee lids. It was chaotic, she admits, and in the long run it was unsustainable. It was precisely for this scenario that she created the Doublemoss Arte pallet ring. “I wanted to create a ring that is nice to wear when not working, but that is specifically tailored to the needs of an artist.”
It’s gilded, but not gold, pretty but not particularly valuable. All Doublemoss Arte parts are made of solid, highly polished brass, which is essential for easy cleaning. The face of the ring looks a bit like a river stone that would be fished out of the water, then ask your friends, “Hey guys, do you think this river stone looks like yin and yang?” Two walled wells secure the liquid product gently, although you can also mix on the ring’s flat surfaces and the slightly raised circumference prevents any misdirected drop. The organic shape reminds me of vintage designs by Elsa Peretti. (A sculpted hand-held version of the palette Goldstein is working on would be at home in a cupboard made of bone cuffs – Instagram’s favorite makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes is counting herself on the waiting list.) And the strap is adjustable, so doesn’t just fit most people, but also most of the fingers on a person’s hand. If you’re using it as a palette, it’s probably easiest to stretch the band and wear it on your thumb, heads-up-seven-up style. But if you’re only wearing it because it’s chic, you can slide it on your ring, middle, or index finger.
I am obsessed with this ring. And the real beauty of it is that if I saw it in the wild, I would have no idea that it doubles as a beauty tool. Goldstein fills the small indentations with nail polish made from both acrylic and classic nail polish, although they are just as good at holding other beauty products. “I was told the ring was used to hold glue when applying eyelashes, as a makeup palette, and as a gel when styling baby hair,” she says. I would use it to hold blush, foundation, or liquid bronzer that always end up getting on my hands and thus on my white towels. Goldstein also notes that people outside of the beauty industry filled the ring with actual paint for real canvases.
When she is done creating a look, Goldstein simply wipes the ring with alcohol or acetone – brass is resistant to both. “Over time, brass gets a patina when it’s exposed to oxygen and water,” she admits, “but some people love that look.” If your ring loses its shine, you can make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and the surface scrub gently with a cloth or soft toothbrush. And if it starts to turn green to your fingers with excessive wear, just coat the inside of the tape with clear nail polish.
It’s because of the perfect intersection between jewelry and beauty, which means it’s the perfect gift for the person who cares about both. Is she a Libra? Is she ali If so, you know where to find me.
Photo via Betina Goldstein and Doublemoss Arte