I really can't make up my mind whether this is cool and innovative, or sad and desperate. A pair of Swedish designers have come up with an alternative to the wedding ring for single people, the Single Ring (or Singelringen in Swedish). The idea is both to empower single people to accept their status with confidence, and also to serve as a stylish signal to other singles. This dual meaning is where the concept might trip up. Are we loud, proud, and single? Or, are we advertising for a mate to save us from perpetual loneliness? I guess each bearer can make up his or her own mind what the ring is supposed to represent. There's something about the idea that is quite enticing for me, as a 30-something bachelor. Or perhaps it's that I'm developing a jewelry fetish.