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What is a cocktail ring? The history behind it and how to wear them.

What is a Cocktail ring?

A cocktail ring is typically a large ring, with a rather big central element, often a large precious stone or diamond. 

It has an eccentric design and it is made to catch attention.

A bit of History…

To understand more about this gorgeous piece of jewellery, we need to have a look at its history. Cocktail rings were first spotted in the early 1920, in the prohibitionism era, where women were fighting to affirm their rights. Fashion was going through big changes, and ladies started to prefer shorter haircuts and skirts.

Alcohol was prohibited at that time, which meant that all that was available was low quality, best mixed in cocktails to make it more appealing.

Attending mundane parties and drinking cocktails was an act of rebellion and self affirmation. Women, wanting to affirm their status, drew attention to the hand holding their drinks by wearing large sparkling rings. Those rings were there to remind everyone who the lady was, her status and her emancipation.

Nowadays, with the supply of large precious stones going down, every statement ring is considered a cocktail ring.

Traditionally they are still worn on the right hand, on the forth or middle finger.

History of Cocktail Rings by Varily Jewelry

How to wear a Cocktail Ring

Cocktail rings are the perfect match to a fancy party dress for a special occasion, being it a wedding, NYE party or a holiday celebration.

We love these styles from Marie Claire


Cocktail Rings For Party Outfit by Varily Jewelry



Bold rings will dress a cute outfit for a date night, for a lovely vibe like this one from Who What Wear.

Cocktail Ring for Date Night by Varily Jewelry

Large cocktail rings make a statement when worn with a casual outfit, simply a pair of boyfriend jeans and maxi sweater. Like this stylish combo from Elle.

Statement Ring and Jeans Outfit by Varily Jewelry


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