Big jewelry is in, and that’s probably why the big, beautiful cocktail ring has become so popular in recent years. They can be found in all price ranges, from ultra expensive diamond cocktail rings, less expensive brass and nickel fashion cocktail rings. The thing they have in common is that they are BIG!
The cocktail ring was fashionable in the 1920’s and 1930’s during the era of prohibition in the United States. Large rings were worn by the women at parties given in clubs that were still serving liquor. The rings fit in quite nicely with the glitzy, sometimes outrageous dresses that were worn during that period in time. The large rings they wore soon became known as cocktail rings, since the drink of choice at the parties was, of course, the illegal cocktail. The popularity of the cocktail ring continued through the 1950’ and early 1960’s, when the elite Hollywood set wore the rings to splashy events and parties. They went out of fashion for the general public for quite a long time, and then recently, they have again been spotted in many new designer jewelry collections.
Cocktail rings usually have one large stone as the focal point of the ring. That stone may then be surrounded by many smaller stones, complementing the look of the large center stone. Some cocktail rings may even feature only one large stone, or an only collection of smaller stones commonly called “pave’ (pronounced pah-vay)”. Many high-quality cocktail rings are set in gold or platinum, and sometimes in sterling silver and will cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. If you are looking for a ring to wear once or twice and you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it, look for one of the less expensive fashion cocktail rings available in most discount and department stores, as well as online. You can find those for as little as $10, but just be aware that they will be made of cheaper base metal and might cause allergic reactions in some people.
Wearing a cocktail ring can be a fun way to express yourself, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, either. If you are feeling like you need to add a bit of “pizazz” to your look, but don’t want to commit to something permanent like a piercing, a tattoo, or a new hair color, then a large, flashy cocktail ring may be just what you are looking for. You may even decide you need more than one so you can have them to go with your cubic zirconia rings, your diamond stud earrings, and all of those great holiday party outfits you love so much. Have lots of fun looking around at the great selection of cocktail rings available today!