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As one of the most popular types of statement jewelry, cocktail rings are a fashionable accessory that always steals the show. With a rich history dating back to prohibition, these rings are a classic addition to any jewelry collection.
Learn more about the history of these rings, leading designs, styling tips and our favorite picks for adding to your wardrobe.
What is a Cocktail Ring?
A cocktail ring is a piece of jewelry that has loud, eye-catching designs. It is typically made with diamonds or gemstones and features an over-the-top scale, bringing a vibrant jewelry look to any outfit. Designs showcase a large center gem or diamond which can sometimes be surrounded by other gemstones. Due to its extravagant style, a cocktail ring is often worn for formal occasions.
A Quick History of Cocktail Rings
The prohibition era is credited with the rise of the cocktail ring. Though rings existed in all shapes and sizes long before the 1920s, the delightfully outlandish styles of cocktail rings became a trendy choice during prohibition. Women would wear cocktail rings when they visited speakeasies, thus cementing the name for this style of jewelry.
The rings symbolized newfound independence for women, as they came into fashion following victory of the women’s suffrage movement. During the 1920s, women expressed themselves through their jewelry by wearing bold, flashy and intricate rings to show their personalities and celebrate the energy of the time.
The Shift to Dinner Rings
Following the end of prohibition, the ostentatious cocktail ring made way for the more muted dinner ring. Dinner rings are similar to vintage cocktail rings in eye-catching design, but are a lot less extravagant. These kinds of rings were worn for the more mainstream dinner party, where fashions were less risqué and more polished. They often feature a north south orientation design, with small diamonds or other gemstones throughout. Some also have ornate metalwork in their designs.
Resurgence of the Cocktail Ring
Today, both dinner rings and cocktail rings are popular styles for people who love vintage-inspired rings. Both designs have been updated for modern looks, bringing a new wave of standout jewelry. These designs are fashionable rings that can be worn for special occasions or to dress up an everyday look.
Popular Cocktail Ring Styles
Today’s cocktail rings focus on high-quality gemstones, diamonds and designs that fit in modern fashion. The most popular rings echo the flapper-era platinum ring popularity, with many designs featuring white gold, emeralds, center-stone focal settings or motifs from the time when these rings adorned the hands of speakeasy guests.
Our best-selling cocktail rings include designs with single focal gemstones surrounded by enchanting designs. These statement styles are available in many different metals, with high-quality gemstones and unique ring shapes.
Oval Garnet Cocktail Ring In 14k White Gold
This oval garnet cocktail ring brings delicate clusters of white topaz for a visual contrast against the garnet’s rich hues. The result is a standout ring that brings iconic cocktail ring designs into today’s styles.
Morganite And Diamond Halo Ring In 18k Rose Gold
This morganite and diamond halo ring exemplifies the large scale of this jewelry trend. With a large pink morganite at the center, this ring sits proudly on the finger.
Cushion Cut Aquamarine And Diamond Cocktail Ring In 14k White Gold
Soft blue aquamarine meets icy diamonds for a cocktail ring that’s sure to impress. With unique claw prongs, this ring is designed to turn heads.
Oval Opal And Swiss Blue Topaz Halo Ring In 14k Rose Gold
This stunning opal and blue topaz ring brings the ornate designs cocktail rings are known for. Its rose gold setting offers a warm contrast to the cool stones.
Oval Ruby Ring With Double Diamond Halo In 14k White Gold
The double halo of this ruby cocktail ring brings iconic style. With rows of diamonds and an attention-grabbing center ruby, this ring is fit for any occasion.
Oval Aquamarine With Baguette Halo Fashion Ring 14k Yellow Gold
This oval aquamarine ring takes cocktail ring styles and combines them with modern looks. The north south center stone is encircled by ballerina-esque diamonds, making for a truly unique piece.
How to Wear a Cocktail Ring
Keep these tips in mind for styling cocktail rings:
- Double check your ring size to ensure you’re choosing the right fit.
- Wear your ring on your right hand if you want to follow tradition.
- For a softer look, choose additional jewelry in matching metals and gems.
- To take a statement-making approach, wear additional jewelry of all types.
- If you’re new to wearing cocktail rings, start by wearing them to special occasions.
This playful jewelry staple is all about self-expression, so it’s ultimately up to you to decide how you style your cocktail ring.
Top Questions and Answers About Cocktail Rings
Cocktail rings are traditionally worn on the right hand to avoid confusion with engagement and wedding rings.
Though cocktail rings were not originally men’s jewelry, they can be worn by people of all gender identities today. Yes, women, men and anyone with a taste for vintage-inspired style can enjoy these rings.
These stylish rings are fitting gifts for any occasion. They make excellent graduation, birthday, holiday and traditional wedding anniversary gifts.
Yes, cocktail rings are trendy accessories. They are considered maximalist jewelry, bringing bold style to today’s fashions.