What Is the History of Statement Rings? | The Diamond Reserve

What Is the History of Statement Rings?

Whether for everyday wear or special occasions, a statement ring is meant to make a statement just as its name implies. Also known as cocktail rings, statement rings have a long and storied history in the jewelry world, dating back to the 1920s. While trends may have changed in the century since the bold style has never gone out of fashion.

What Does a Cocktail Ring Look Like?

Traditionally, cocktail rings are made with gold or platinum and have a large, colorful, and uniquely shaped gemstone at the center that may be surrounded by smaller diamonds. Here are some common stones featured in statement rings.

  • Emerald
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Pearl
  • Amethyst

Today, a statement ring is often an umbrella term for any ring that draws the eye for its design and size, perhaps even eschewing the traditional center stone for an edgier style.

Because of their extravagance, statement rings differ from engagement rings and are often worn only on special occasions. However, with their large gemstones, these rings tend to be investment pieces, making them an acceptable option for everyday wear.

While there are no strict rules about how to wear a cocktail ring, it’s often worn on the right hand, adorning either the middle or ring finger.

What Is the Origin of the Cocktail Ring?

Cocktail rings were popularized in the 1920s during Prohibition in the United States. In a time when women were beginning to gain more rights, famous and wealthy women of this Art Deco era embraced the maximalist ring style while frequenting speakeasies to draw attention to the drink in their hands signifying their new-found freedom.

While cocktail rings came into fashion as a symbol of women’s independence, they soon became an enduring fashion trend. The rings became more widely worn in the 1940s after the Great Depression and have drifted in and out of style in the years since.

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