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Let's talk Cocktail Rings and Prohibition

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Poster of flapper girl from the roaring 20s on a black and gold background

When I think of cocktail rings, elegant statement jewellery come to mind, but did you know that these dazzling jewels come from a time of rebellion and a wave of feminism?

I am talking about the 1920s and the prohibition era in the US. The Roaring Twenties, a time when alcoholic drinks were banned and cocktail culture thrived, women entered the workforce, were now earning their own money and were not afraid to spend it on some serious bling!

Black and white image of flapper girl drinking a cocktail

Flapper girls with rows and rows of pearls attended fabulous parties to flaunt their jewels and celebrate their new found independence.

What better way to show off your rebellious side than to sneak out to a speakeasy and enjoy a cocktail or two, while flashing a bold and dramatic statement ring on your right hand. The same hand that held the illicit cocktail, say the “Bee’s Knees” (gin, honey, fresh lemon juice) or my personal favourite - the “French 75” (gin, champagne, lemon).

Art Deco emerald cut aquamarine cocktail ring with diamonds

Although the cocktail ring is typically associated with the “right hand ring”, there are no rules when it comes to designing yours!

Wear it on any hand, any finger and for any occasion of your choice, I’m wearing one right now! I also like to pair mine with a stacking band on another finger for a more modern look.

No matter what style you are going for, a cocktail ring is a glamorous addition to any collection!


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