What is a cocktail ring?

The term "cocktail ring" comes from the Prohibition days of the1920s.


Also known as the Roaring Twenties in the US, it was a time when alcoholic drinks were banned causing speakeasy culture to thrive.


At the same time, women entered the workforce, started earning their own money and were not afraid to spend it on some serious bling and show it off at illegal parties.


Woman's hand wearing a large amethyst cocktail ring and hot pink nails

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. Hence, the "cocktail ring".


My personal choice would have been the “French 75” (gin, champagne, lemon).



1920s woman drinking a cocktail


What are the rules of wearing a cocktail ring?


Although the cocktail ring is typically associated with a large statement ring worn on your right hand, there are no rules when it comes to designing and wearing 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.


Woman's hand wearing a large rose gold and blue zircon cocktail ring and stacking ring

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


Cushion morganite and diamond halo rose gold engagement ring


Which stone should I choose for my cocktail ring?


Typically, cocktail rings feature a large centre stone that is a coloured gemstone rather than a diamond.


Here is why:

  • a large diamond can cost an absolute fortune

  • you can get a "large look" for a more reasonable price if you go for a semi-precious gemstone

  • you can choose from a wide variety of colours

  • you can use your birthstone as the centre stone


Woman's hand wearing a large cushion tanzanite and diamond cocktail ring


Here are some great coloured gemstone options to consider for your cocktail ring:



Sapphires and Emeralds are also wonderful options for a cocktail ring but will require a larger investment.


Woman's hand wearing a large oval emerald and diamond halo white gold engagement ring

Wondering about you ring design?


Check out my previous blog post for design inspiration


Which Jewellery Era Are You From?



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