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What Is a Cocktail Ring?

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 154

Once a popular accessory reserved only for more formal occasions, cocktail rings are given their name for the cocktail parties at which they originally made their appearances. Originating during Prohibition, the ring quickly became a statement of style in the 1940's and 1950's. They are typically very large in size and comprised of either one oversized stone complimented by smaller stones or several smaller stones made up into a design such as an animal or flower.

Made of precious, semi-precious or synthetic stones, cocktail rings come in an array of shapes and colors all meant to attract attention. Rings made of precious stones may be extremely expensive and hard to find today. Many antique cocktail rings feature elaborate metalworking and large center stones. Popular center stones included opals, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, pearls and sapphires. These are incredibly beautiful pieces, but they are typically priced above the average consumer's jewelry budget.

However there are thousands of rings made of semi-precious or synthetic stones readily available. These semi-precious and costume jewelry versions range in prices from expensive to very affordable. Some popular semi-precious stones include amethyst, cubic zirconia, citrine, smokey quartz and aquamarine. Attractive, affordable and durable synthetic stones are also a practical alternative to spending a mortgage payment on a single fun accessory. Sterling silver or gold-plated nickel is also more affordable than solid gold and platinum rings, especially when the band is large.

Cocktail rings dress up a look by adding color and sparkle while offering an opportunity for a woman to accessorize according to her personality or mood. Though these rings might appear in almost any design imaginable, a flower ring or animal ring design are among the most popular choices. A dazzling green emerald dragon with amethyst eyes might suggest she is seeking adventure, while a champagne diamond leopard with onyx spots would proclaim she is on the prowl. For a more feminine mood a flower ring with sparkling pink topaz petals surrounding a yellow diamond center might be more fitting. Abstract rings also make a statement. These cocktail rings feature sculptural shapes and eye-catching gemstone patterns.

Stepping away from the traditional role of being worn only to cocktail parties, the cocktail ring has made a lasting impression on the fashion industry as an accessory that suits any ensemble. Whether she is going out for a night on the town or shopping at the mall, a woman can instantly add a little glamour to her look simply by slipping a cocktail ring on her finger.

Written by Ashley Walker on behalf of Aston Royal Jewelers. "Ashley is a fashion-focused urbanite always on the lookout for affordable fashion. She has a particular passion for jewelry, specifically cocktail rings and sterling silver rings

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