Here’s a little history for you: Also known as a dinner ring, the cocktail ring really came into fashion in the 1940s and 50s. A cocktail ring is easily identifiable because of its size, and because it typically contains precious or semiprecious stones. Originally worn at the cocktail hour over dinner gloves, cocktail rings started out being worn on the fourth finger of the right hand (this is where the “right hand ring” name comes from). Today, however, cocktail rings are commonly worn on either hand, and come in sizes fitting index, middle, and ring fingers.
And, in case you’re wondering, a cocktail ring doesn’t have to contain genuine stones; in fact, costume cocktail rings are completely acceptable and will allow for you to have multiple variations of this eye-catching jewelry essential.
I love that a dramatic ring can instantly glamourize whatever you happen to be wearing. Whether worn with more formal attire as it was originally intended, or worn with your favourite skinnies and a white t-shirt, the cocktail ring is number two on my list of essential pieces of jewelry that every woman should own.
Here are some stylish interpretations I think you’ll appreciate, priced high to low:
- Costco Flower Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring: Hellllooo. Sparkling pear-shaped pink tourmaline gemstones act as a lovely accent to 38 .30 carat diamonds. Set in 14 karat white gold, this is a ring you’ll wear for life, and pass to the next generation. ($1999.00, Costco)
- House of Harlow 1960 Spike Black Cabachon Cocktail Ring: Sure it’s only gold-plated, but for the occasions when you wear this Nicole Richie-designed ring, that’s a fact you can easily accept. A resin cabochon is highlighted by rough-around-the-edges spikes, making for interesting take on ladylike elegance. (About $74 CAD, Shopbop)
- Forever 21 Excess Shine Ring: I’m not usually a fan of Forever 21, but for the price, you really can’t go wrong with this ring. I really like the center stone, and the eye-catching rhinestone encrusted surround. For less than 10 dollars, who wouldn’t? (About $7 CAD, Forever 21)
Look out for number three on my list of top ten essential pieces of jewelry!