Throughout history, rings have been worn to indicate rank, confer high office, invoke magical powers, tell us our moods, carry poison, and, of course, seal a marriage. But it is the cocktail ring—from big glitzy gems to rough metals and organic materials—that are charged with personality.
The cocktail ring gained mass popularity during Prohibition when women decided to flaunt the fact that they were drinking illegally and doing so in style. Prohibition might be over, and you might not be at nightly cocktail parties, but the statement ring can be easily worn both day and night with a variety of outfits.
In the December issue’s LifeStyle department (on newsstands now), Jayne Haugen Olson and I featured a page of some of the best cocktail rings to be found in the Twin Cities, but here are a few that didn’t make the final cut.
(The links below will give you addresses and phone numbers.)
Hand-painted enamel carousel ring from J. Crew ($75).
Vintage three-stone agate ring from StyledLife ($58).
Pearl flower ring from Banana Republic ($45).
Bee ring by Alexis Bittar from Nordstrom ($175).
Oval faceted ring from For Love 21 ($3.80).
Vintage woven seven-stone ring from StyledLife ($78).