Style Snapshot: Cocktail Rings
History of Cocktail Rings
Also known as dinner rings, cocktail rings surfaced between the 1920s and 1930s during the period of time known in the United States as Prohibition. During this era, drinking alcohol was forbidden, so men and women would secretly meet at establishments known as a "speakeasies." The rule-breaking women who frequented speakeasies usually dressed in high-fashion gowns and completed their wardrobes with stylish rings on their right hands. These rings soon became associated with pre-dinner drink parties, or cocktail parties--hence the name.
During the speakeasy days, cocktail rings for women were typically oversized and flashy. Those Prohibition-era cocktail rings, in karat gold or sterling or fine silver, were set with precious or semi-precious stones in basic round, oval and square shapes, some surrounded by other smaller stones. Their large stones and precious metals were inevitably expensive.
Modern Fashion Cocktail Rings
Today, a ladies' cocktail ring is the perfect fashion accessory for any budget. Modern cocktail rings incorporate a variety of materials with settings from gemstone cabochons to Swarovski® crystals and styles ranging from elegant to edgy. This popular fashion allows designers to create with a variety of shapes including flowers, animals and geometric forms.
With a high-class look and eye-catching appeal, celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez enjoy wearing cocktail rings during interviews and evening talk shows. The cocktail ring has also been seen regularly on runways all over the world from such designers as Versace and BCBG Max Azria and in popular fashion magazines including ELLE and Lucky.
Whether you are reaching for a celebrity look or just want a conversational right-hand ring, the cocktail ring is a glamorous addition to every fashionista's wardrobe.
Creating Cocktail Rings
Accessories magazine email newsletter reported cocktail rings as "bigger and bolder as they make their way onto all hands this season." When designing a cocktail ring, determine the look and price point you want to achieve. Various materials can be used:
Modern cocktail rings veer to big and flashy. What better way to replicate the eye-catching appeal of a antique diamond cocktail ring than with dazzling Swarovski crystal beads or fancy stones? What better way to say, "Here I am!" than with statement cocktail rings made of neon beads and metallic spikes?
The design possibilities are endless when creating women's cocktail rings. Just remember, the general rule is the bigger, the better! After all, cocktail rings were made to attract attention.
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