Flashy and flamboyant, cocktail rings have been around since the middle of the 20th century. They were originally designed as glamorous accessories to be worn with evening wear, at cocktail parties and other events calling for a bit of extra sparkle.
Cocktail rings are usually large, with one big stone in the center surrounded by smaller stones, or sometimes small stones galore grouped together. Settings in cocktail rings tend to be higher than in other rings, so that the gem stones stand out more from the finger. Settings and ring designs tend to be elaborate.
Cocktail rings usually serve as a focal point for an outfit, so other jewelry worn should be more subdued, so that it doesn’t clash with the ring. Also, if your outfit is flashy, carefully consider whether the cocktail ring complements it or competes with it.
Cocktail rings come in a range of prices, from inexpensive dime store baubles, to well-made costume jewelry, to rings set with precious gems, costing thousands of dollars.