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Cocktail Rings Add Colour
Cocktail rings by nature are colourful, and like birds with bright plumage, they are made to be seen. Originating in the days of Prohibition in the USA, cocktail rings originally provided a non-verbal expression of colourful defiance. The bigger, bolder and brasher the ring, the better it would convey the frisson of excitement produced by the illegally stocked speakeasy or the illicit cocktail party its wearer was frequenting. No defiance needed these days, in the bars and clubs of every city and town, but a cocktail ring is still a fun and flamboyant accessory.
1. Beaudry Peridot Diamond Gold Platinum Cocktail Ring
This is a ring that carries the Baudry brand. Michael Baudry is a US jewelry designer “Beaudry combines his experience as a second generation master diamond cutter with his design expertise to direct his artisans through the numerous stages that are required to bring his vision to life.” (text credit: Baudry)
Cocktail ring, centering a cushion-shaped peridot weighing approximately 5.58 carats, within a two-tiered yellow and white diamond surround, with a pavé-set white diamond serpentine style band, the diamonds altogether weighing approximately 1.34 total carats, mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, numbered 212318, signed Beaudry. Size 6. 21st century. (Text and image credit: 1stdibs)
2. 3.03 Carat Ruby and Diamond Dress Ring
A contemporary dress or cocktail ring, this one. It harks back to the Art Deco style of the late 1920s and 1930s, with its baguette-cut diamonds and overall contained, precise and geometric design.
Ruby and diamond dress ring, centering an oval-shaped ruby weighing approximately 3.03 carats, flanked by graduated baguette-cut diamonds to the graduated circular-cut diamond surround, the diamonds altogether weighing approximately 1.81 total carats, mounted in 18k yellow gold. Resizable to most ring sizes. 21st century. (Text and image credit: 1stdibs)
Two more colourful cocktail rings on the next page