The cocktail ring originated in 1920s America as a reaction to the Prohibition of Alcohol. Worn by women to parties in illegal drinking dens, it was the ultimate symbol of frivolity and excess, worn on any finger except the wedding ring finger of course! A fashion stalwart ever since, the enduring popularity of the cocktail ring lies in its unique combination of extravagance and simplicity. It is both a display of glamorous affluence and a pared down style statement – other jewellery is not necessary when you’re wearing a cocktail ring.
1920s Flapper Girl style has dominated catwalk shows this Spring thanks to the release of the much-anticipated Broadwalk Empire and its well publicised wardrobe. The wonderful costumes of Broadwalk Empire are the ultimate feast for magpie eyes, with dazzling frocks and knuckle-dusting cocktail rings galore. However, for us normal people, be warned against taking this trend too literally and veering into ‘costume territory’. The Broadwalk flapper dresses (and their high street homages) are loose and exquisitely detailed with intricate beading. Read: they rarely look good on anyone over the age of 15.
Which is why ladies, if there is only one flapper girl element to carry into
the 21st century, it is the cocktail ring. The cocktail ring will be your stand-by style statement, on hand to accompany anything from fitted shift dresses, to girlie cocktail dresses or whimsical floor-length gowns. Just remember, keep the dress beautiful yet humble and let your ring capture the limelight.
The 21st century cocktail ring should have a modern design to match. Our Disco Nine collection harnesses all the glamour of its 1920s predecessor, in a thoroughly modern way. Featuring a spherical setting of small gemstones, this design looks good from all angles. Gemstones such as Garnet, Tsavourite and Citrine are unusual alternatives to traditional diamonds. We have a stone to suit all tastes, colouring and outfits
To help you decide which Disco Nine ring to go for, take a quick look at your wardrobe. Do you veer towards warm or cool colours? Choose your cocktail ring in a matching tone and it will become a wardrobe staple day or night.