Accessorised with a magnificent manicure, a glass of champagne, and an elegant throwing back of the head in obnoxious, opulent laughter, the power of the cocktail ring is unlike any other.

The ultimate statement piece, cocktail rings have often been characterised as the fun-loving cousin of delicate engagement rings, and the chunkier, more daring mother of art deco and choker necklaces. Sitting on a finger (of the right hand, never the left) in absolute pompous pride, it’s the kind of ring that enters the party and needs no introduction. Think, big, colourful gemstones, intricate designs, and extravagant themes.

Bearing its roots in the Prohibition Era in the United States, cocktail rings get their name from a roaring period of time where American women were first allowed to vote, rebelled and wore more makeup, and drank alcoholic beverages that were very much illegal during the time. The rings sat as sly companions on the fingers of these ladies, coiled around the stem of a cocktail glass as a daring statement. From here, they became small symbols of female independence, and of embracing the freedom to have a good time.

Back to present day, we’ve put together a list of our favourite cocktail rings of the moment. Prepare to be dazzled, and keep a mental bookmark for the next time you head out for a drink – between clinking glasses, and twinkling gemstones.

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