Along with every other item that is commonly known, Gothic-accessories often make or break certain Gothic styles. Rings, gloves, gauntlets, piercings, and the like are not often centerpieces of the overall look, but are keystones to accentuating it. If you are at all familiar with Gothic architecture you’ll find that most Gothic jewelry follows strikingly similar design styles as the old architecture.
For instance, there is a bit of a difference between normal rings and Gothic rings when it comes to design and style. Normal rings are usually gemstones set on a gold ring and are very expensive; they are most commonly associated with marriage and really nothing else.
Gothic rings aren’t typically made of silver or gold, but are shiny nonetheless. Any gemstones are usually dark in color or simply nonexistent; unlike normal rings they are perfect as Gothic-accessories and are merely intended as such.
The intent and purpose is to draw attention and add to the entire outfit (along with helping your fingers not feel so left out).
Gothic rings will often feature spiders, skulls, coffins, crosses, symbols and other designs (though the stereotypical ideas of Gothic rings are going down in popularity, giving rise to more obscure designs).
They are often larger and longer than regular rings so as to be noticed and add a very different appeal than what normal rings will create.
Some, like steampunk rings, will sometimes have segments that are connected together, and some Goths will wear a sort of claw or ‘armored’ ring that is segmented and covers the entire finger.
No matter the design, it is common for a Goth to wear many rings at once. After all, when everything else you’re wearing is very much ‘out there’, your fingers start to feel a little left out. And when a significant number of shinies can be added, it completes the entire outfit perfectly.
Next we can think of other kinds of jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and such are popular among the underground. And by popular I mean because of how amazing they look.
If we take necklaces to be our example we find that Gothic necklaces and pendants are very different from regular necklaces. Regular necklaces are usually kind of bland and made of some valuable metal to show off to the world how rich you are.
Well, add a Gothic twist to them and suddenly a bland and pointless chain becomes its own work of art. Necklaces are such a broad item that it would take forever to name off every different kind.
Simple necklaces with a pendant designed like any kind of shape or object the imagination can dream of, elaborate necklaces that cover more than just the collar area, and some are like a choker and a necklace combined.
Even with those three ideas there are many others that you wouldn’t think of but that look amazing nonetheless.
Other Gothic-accessories worth mentioning are gauntlets and gloves. Though the two terms can be somewhat mixed together, simple gloves that cover just the hands aren’t as common as the kind that cover the hand and the arm.
They are, for the most part, a core piece to anyone willing to attend a club. Though not entirely essential, without them you'll be left with bare arms, so some kinds of Gothic-accessories are critical to having a complete look.
Gloves that merely serve to color the hand and arm (such as mesh) are more common in Victorian styles, but easily cross over into some industrial and cyber styles.
Gauntlets are more bulky and will typically feature rings, buckles, and other accessories and are more common among the industrial club styles.
Even with these more common accessories there are still others that are a little less commonly known, and somewhat harder to find.
More often than not, it's easier to make something very specific yourself than to bother looking for it in online stores (though sometimes you might be surprised).
Canes, cyber dreads, cyber masks, cyber goggles, belt buckles, watches and other rather obscure accessories easily fall into this category.
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