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The cocktail ring is one of the latest trends on the runway and red carpet this season. It’s the perfect statement piece and glams up a pair of jeans or that little black dress. Cocktail rings can boast nearly any stone, from diamonds to rubies.

Cocktail Ring History

The statement piece originated during the prohibition era of the 1920s. People gathered in speakeasy dens to drink and socialize. Therefore, the ring gets its name and roots from a sense of enjoyment.

Prohibition women lived a life of rebellion, thanks to new freedoms like the right to vote. As a result, flappers, short hair, and shorter hemlines were extremely popular. When women visited the speakeasies to smoke and drink, they flaunted large and lavish jewels to signify status and wealth.

Cocktail rings typically featured diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires set in platinum or white gold. 1920s fashion was bold and glamorous, so jewelry needed to match. As such, the bigger the stone, the higher the status.

Although the Great Depression halted its popularity for a few decades, the 1980s saw its return. Big hair, shoulder pads, and fashion jewelry were the most prominent trends, meaning the rings gained popularity again. Today, they’re highly sought after for black tie occasions.

How to Wear a Cocktail Ring

Men and women typically wear cocktail rings on the ring finger of their right hand, although many choose the middle finger on either hand. Today, people wear these pieces on occasion for special events, such as weddings, galas, and balls. Celebrities and models adorn large stones on red carpets and runways.

Cocktail rings flaunt attitude. Women in the 1920s beamed confidence when wearing large jewels at the speakeasy. 1980s fashion icons matched their cocktail rings with big, bold bracelets and earrings. 

Today, although mostly worn on special occasions, statement rings can accent nearly any outfit, from business professional to jeans. All you need is the attitude and perhaps a fruity cocktail.

cocktail ring with an emerald and halo of diamonds

Check Out Our Cocktail Ring Selection at The Diamond Shop

The Diamond Shop in St. Louis, MO, offers a wide selection of cocktail rings for men and women looking to make a statement. There’s a lavish ring for you at The Diamond Shop, whether you’re seeking emeralds, rubies, sapphires, or diamonds. Visit our store in Clayton or book an appointment with us today!


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