The History Of The Cocktail Ring
The cocktail ring is the ultimate party piece with colourful gemstones, bold settings and unexpected cuts. With a history as vibrant as their designs, it is no surprise that the cocktail ring has remained a popular treasure for bold individuals who are both adventurous and not afraid to attract the attention of fellow party-goers.
The Prohibition Era during the 'roaring 20s' was a time of rebellion, female liberation and cocktail parties. Alcohol had been banned across the United States of America and so many visited Speakeasies (stemming from the term 'speak softly shop') for an illicit tipple.
Unlike an engagement ring, cocktail rings were symbolic of a woman's financial independence. These jewels were independently purchased and worn on the right hand, rather than having been gifted by a man and worn on the left 'engagement' hand. These unique designs, created by the likes of Coco Channel and Elsa Schiaparelli, soon became tools for self expression and self indulgence.
The name 'cocktail ring' was born out of the secret code used by women when ordering a cocktail. They would raise their right hand and flash their ring to signal at the bar tender during illegal underground parties filled with alcohol, jazz and defiance.
In 1933 the Prohibition Era came to an end, however the cocktail ring has maintained its popularity and can now be found in almost every jewellery collection adorned with oversized precious and semi-precious gemstones.