Every wondered how the cocktail ring got its name? The bold designs were originally a symbol of rebellion and independence against the Prohibition that swept across America in the 1920s. The ‘Roaring 20s’ was the decade women gained the right to vote, and they ditched corsets for shorter hemlines. Termed as a ‘flapper’, this new breed of women wore make up, they smoked, they cut their hair into a bob, and they wore a cocktail ring to flaunt this new-found independence.
The bold design made it very obviously not a wedding ring and women bought and wore it for themselves, no one else. From then on, the cocktail ring became the must-have accessory for anyone heading out to a cocktail party or night on the town, and is still just as popular today. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite cocktail rings that stand out from the crowd, from our designers available to buy on Jewelstreet. Shop all cocktail rings.
BELLE DANGLE AMETHYST TOURMALINE RING
Alexandra Alberta, London, UK
Taken from the acclaimed Botanic Collection, this rose gold vermeil ring shows the playful yet elegant style for which London designer Alexandra Alberta is known. Pink tourmaline and purple amethyst are held in claw settings and presented on a hammered rose gold vermeil band, in a harmonious combination of style and statement.
ROYAL COCKTAIL CLUSTER
Justin Richardson, Kent, UK
One of a kind, this beautiful bold cocktail ring from British designer Justin Richardson showcases a faceted amethyst framed by a circle of diamonds. The gems are all set in 18kt yellow gold and mounted onto an elegant 18kt yellow gold band. This ring makes a statement, but for all the right reasons.
LABRADORITE POWER RING SILVER
Puck Wanderlust, London, UK
Garner your inner strength and power with this chunky power ring from London’s Puck Wanderlust. The central Labradorite stone has been hand selected, cut and lovingly set into a 100% recycled sterling silver base - meaning no two rings are exactly alike. Each ring is handmade, engraved with the Puck Wanderlust logo and stamped 925 sterling silver.
VENICE PULCINELLA GOLDEN CENTRE RUTILE QUARTZ RING
Niquesa Fine Jewellery, London, United Kingdom
Niquesa’s Venice collection expresses Elisabetta's love for the arts - each jewel takes inspiration from the music, colours and ornate masks of the joyful Venice carnival. The Pulcinella ring features a large, 62.2 carat golden rutile quartz centre stone surrounded by a distinct pave setting of pink sapphires, tsavorites and diamonds set in 18kt rose gold. A dreamy colour combination.
LASSAIRE BLACK AND WHITE DOUBLE FLOWER RING
Lafonn, Cypress, USA
Exclusively designed for Lafonn by Rhonda Faber Green, an acclaimed designer to the stars. This adorable and fun-to-wear double-flower ring is set with Lafonn's signature Lassaire clear and black simulated diamonds in sterling silver bonded with platinum.
WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND BUTTERFLY RING
KC Designs, New York City, USA
Add a little nature to your diamond collection with this adorable butterfly ring by New York-based brand, KC Designs. Beautifully crafted in 14kt white gold, the three-dimensional design is set with pave diamonds for a dramatic sparkle.
18KT YELLOW GOLD PINK TOURMALINE COCKTAIL RING
Anahita Jewelry, New York City, USA
Inspired by the arts of Ancient Persia, this bold cocktail ring is distinctive in sculpture and uses a curving silhouette with bold lines to create its grand demeanour. Using only recycled precious metals, Anahita uses 18kt yellow gold to frame the star of the show; the conflict-free pink tourmaline. Feminine and sleek, the ring is perfect for cocktail parties and dressing up.