As bold and sophisticated as a double martini, today’s cocktail rings channel the mystique of a modern cabaret. Psst: the more, the merrier!
Today’s cocktail rings shine with highly decorative bravado.
THERE’S PUTTING A RING on it, and then there’s putting a ring on it. Such has been the intoxication of the cocktail ring, that outsize piece of decorative bravado that sits ( generally) on the right hand and says to the world, “Regard my élan, my assurance, and my ability to balance this coupe brimming with bubbly.” With its origin often ascribed to the set-free aesthetic of the Jazz Age and speakeasy culture during the 1920s, the rings saw their real boom in the years following World War II, when women seized upon economic independence, inspiration from film stars, and America’s love affair with cocktail culture to buy their own oversize (often costume) pieces. While they fell briefly from favor in the 1960s and ’70s, a return to maximalism and flamboyance in subsequent decades has kept big rings at the center of the party. Even the Royals want in to the speakeasy: HRH Prince Harry offered his mother’s aquamarine cocktail ring to Meghan Markle on their wedding day.
PREVIOUS PAGE AND BELOW: Dress by Marchesa Notte; marchesa .com. • Hollywood hoop earrings with diamonds in 18-karat gold and platinum by David Webb, $36,000; 212-421-3030. RIGHT HAND: Cobblestone ring with diamonds and sapphires in 18-karat yellow gold by Single Stone, $11,500; singlestone.com. • Aura fancy color solitaire diamond ring in platinum and yellow gold by De Beers Jewellers, price upon request; 212-906-0001. • One-of-a-kind ring with blue sapphires in 18-karat yellow gold and sterling silver by Vram, price upon request; vram jewelry.com. LEFT HAND: Gems chain large ring with tanzanite and diamonds in 750 white gold by David Yurman, price upon request; davidyurman.com. • Ring with diamonds and green diamonds in white gold by Sanjay Kasliwal, $15,000; sanjaykasliwal.com. • Diamond cuff 23222D04 in 14-karat yellow gold and sterling silver ($2,000) and diamond and pearl cuff 23312DWP06 in 14-karat yellow gold and sterling silver ($2,065) by Vahan Jewelry; vahanjewelry.com.
PREVIOUS PAGE AND AT LEFT: Juliette gown by Sachin & Babi, sachinandbabi.com. • Ventaglio earrings with white diamonds in white gold by de Grisogono, $96,600; degrisogono.com. RIGHT HAND: Stitches ring with ruby and diamonds in platinum and 18-karat yellow gold by Tiffany & Co., price upon request; tiffany.com. • Lily solitaire ring with rose tourmaline and pavé diamonds in 18-karat white gold by Tamara Comolli, $34,000; exclusively at Palm Beach location, 561-659-3700. • Spinel ring with diamonds in platinum by Oscar Heyman, $220,000; oscarheyman .com. LEFT HAND: One-of-a-kind watermelon tourmaline ring with diamond pavé in 18-karat rose gold by Irene Neuwirth, price upon request; ireneneuwirth.com. • Akron ring with diamonds in 18-karat white gold by Etho Maria, $22,200; select Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores. • Gypsy ring with pink tourmaline and white diamonds in 14-karat gold by Marlo Laz, $4,600; marlolaz.com.
AT LEFT: Esther top by Nili Lotan; nililotan.com.• Francois skirt by Danielle D. Rollins; danielledrollins.com. RIGHT HAND: Jaipur color ring with london blue topaz and diamonds in hand-engraved 18-karat yellow gold by Marco Bicego, $6,180; marcobicego.com. • No Heat ceylon sapphire ring in 18-karat white gold by Andreoli, $34,000; neiman marcus.com. • Aella ring with diamonds in yellow gold by De Beers Jewellers, price upon request; 212-906-0001. LEFT HAND: Rock ‘N’ Roll ring with blue chalsedony, cabochon, diamonds, and black rhodium in 18-karat white gold by Goshwara, $6,200; 212-937-9727 x 121. • Aquamarine cocktail ring with diamonds in 18-karat white gold by Mish Fine Jewelry, price upon request; mishnewyork.com. • Oval fancy yellow diamond ring in 18-karat white and yellow gold by Picchiotti, $249,500; Kerns Fine Jewelry, 650-348-7557. • Adonis Rose three-row bracelet in white gold by De Beers Jewellers, price upon request; 212-906-0001. ✦
AT RIGHT: Duchess Satin flounce hem cape by Lela Rose; lelarose.com. • Full circle hoop earrings with white diamonds and pearls in 14-karat gold by Marlo Laz, $4,800; marlolaz.com. RIGHT HAND: Rhodolite garnet, white and champagne diamonds, and sapphires ring in 18-karat rose gold by Wendy Yue, $15,400; modaoperandi.com. • Pavé diamond oval green tourmaline ring in 14-karat rose gold by Jacquie Aiche, $6,250; jacquieaiche.com. LEFT HAND: Pattern Hypnosis Rapsody in green ring with malachite and emeralds in rose gold by Pomellato, $13,800; 1-800-254-6020. • Rubellite and diamond ring in 22-karat gold and silver by Arman Sarkisyan, $22,800; bergdorfgoodman.com. • Anna emerald ring with diamonds in 18-karat white gold by Valani Atelier, $66,000; valaniatelier.com.