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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Cocktail Ring

Cocktail Rings

The Origins of the Cocktail Ring

The concept of a cocktail ring came to be in the 1920’s during the Prohibition era. At a time when alcohol was illegal, rebellious flapper girls would attend forbidden parties in what we now know as classic roaring 20s style - flashy dresses and decadent jewels. When approaching the bar, a woman would raise her hand and flash a large, eye-catching ring at the bartender as a signal for an illicit alcoholic beverage. Usually worn on the right hand as to not be mistaken for a wedding band, a cocktail ring was typically purchased with a woman’s own hard earned money.

Transcending Time and Trend

In the year 2020, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the cocktail ring – a symbol of rebellion, independence and feminism. Since it’s start in 1920, the cocktail ring continues to transcend both time and trend. As we have seen style and fashion evolve over the last century, the design and makeup of cocktail rings has evolved as well. Initially housing large and extravagant diamonds or precious stones like emerald, sapphire or ruby, modern style takes advantage of a variety of gemstones and stone mixes.

What’s Your Style?

To make a bold, fun statement, choose a gemstone cocktail ring. From more traditional gemstones – like emerald and sapphire, to exotic stones – such as blush-hued morganite and cool-blue aquamarine, a gemstone cocktail ring is a great piece to show off your personality.

To channel your inner flapper girl, opt for an estate cocktail ring – the Ross-Simons’ estate collection includes one-of-a-kind vintage cocktail rings dating back several decades.

Looking for legendary glam? Go with a timeless diamond cocktail ring, sure to turn heads.

A Symbol of Rebellion, Independence and Feminism

Regardless of which style you prefer, the cocktail ring is a must-have accessory for every woman. Whether worn for its historical symbolism or to complete a party-look, these pieces are sure to start a conversation. What are you waiting for?