The Cocktail Ring & Right-hand Feminism

Women and lovers of jewelry celebrate their lives, their first job, a new career, or becoming a homeowner with an investment in a beautiful ring. It is an item that you can wear daily and one which reminds you of what you’ve achieved.
The Antique Ring Shop - Cocktail Rings

I also prefer to wear at least one big ring on my right hand — and no, it’s not a wedding ring. While there is nothing wrong with that, I wear rings there for another, more historical reason. According to legend (and news articles), women have bought large gemstones for decades as a show of independence or to celebrate a milestone — and they wear them on their right hands. The right-hand ring is simply a celebration of yourself, worn to make a statement.

Cabochon rutile quatz ring in 14 carat gold

The right-hand ring — also called a “dress” or “cocktail” ring — dates from the 1920s. America was under Prohibition, a law which dictated that alcohol was not allowed to be bought or consumed in open society. The right-hand symbolism comes from flappers — 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.
The tradition became truly popular when actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Wood began wearing large rings on their right hands. It is never a bad idea to invest in something that makes you happy — or to buy a potential heirloom — making a cocktail ring an ideal choice to complement your jewelry box.

Elizabeth Taylor Cocktail ring

In our store and online shop, we have a large selection of cocktail rings that I would personally love to add to my jewelry collection. Which is your favorite?

Cabochon pink coral ring in 18 carat gold

Art Deco style ring in 18 carat gold with diamonds
A smoked quartz and seed pearl cocktail ring in 14 carat gold
Tourmaline and diamond 9 carat gold ring
(This blog is translated into English by Janna Lawson)

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