Stacks of rings

For jewellery photographers it’s often more interesting to photograph groups rather than individual pieces of jewellery. Photographing groups of jewellery for advertising or brochures can allow a little more creativity and offer more of a challenge.

With rings you have so many choices in how to arrange them, the composition and the angles you shoot them from. Rings can support each other so you you can line them up, lean them, stand them inside each other, have them at angles, shoot overhead, shoot low, shoot side on. I like photographing groups of rings.

Here are a couple of ring stacks I shot recently for an independent jewellery retailer. Gemstone and diamond rings interleaved with diamond eternity rings.

Jewellery photographers Tony May Images. Stack of diamond and gold eternity rings, half eternity, emerald, citrine.

A stack of diamond eternity and half-eternity rings in yellow and white gold, with emerald and diamond and citrine and diamond rings. Jewellery photography and retouching by Tony May. Copyright Tony May 2104.

One had a blue theme with tanzanites and aquamarine, the other a green and yellow theme with a gorgeous emerald and deep yellow citrine.

Arranging and tweaking the position and orientation of a stack of up to ten rings, whilst keeping them immaculately clean, takes care and time, which is one reason why jewellery photography is not for the faint-hearted or those who don’t have the patience or attention to detail.  The rings were shot in one group, just as you see them.  But even so, images like this are usually constructed from multiple different exposures and several hours of post-production are involved to make sure that the end result reflects the quality of the jewellery and portrays a luxury product.

Stack of diamond, tanzanite and aquamarine clusters with gold and diamond eternity rings and bands. Jewellery photography by Tony May

Diamond, tanzanite and aquamarine clusters with gold and diamond eternity rings and bands. Jewellery photography and retouching by Tony May. Copyright Tony May 2014.

See more of my jewellery images in my jewellery photography portfolio.