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Cocktail Rings & Feminism

The right-hand ring — also called a “dress” or “cocktail” ring — dates from the 1920s. America was under Prohibition, a law which banned alcohol from public places The right-hand symbolism comes from women who rebelled against the system and drank alcohol anyway, hence the “cocktail” ring. For the first time, women did what they wanted: they wore shorter dresses, were allowed to work, and enjoyed speakeasies where they smoked and drank right alongside the men.

Because most people were right-handed, cocktail rings were easier to show off on that hand. The right-hand ring became a symbol of the power of independent, working women.

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