An Edwardian Dinner Ring For An Evening Occasion…
Sold by 1stDibs on behalf of TMW Jewels Co. this elegant ring c.1900 in a marquise shape was made for an evening social event – perhaps a society dinner or a night at the opera. Both the diamonds and the purple-red rubies are bezel set with millegrain edging. The diamonds are set in platinum atop a 14K gold base and the rubies set in gold.
Others have referred to this ring as a cocktail ring, but strictly speaking, it was after the Edwardian period, during Prohibition in 1920s United States, when it was daring to drink alcohol and not so easy to find a venue for drinking cocktails, that the cocktail ring became fashionable. It was a symbol of a kind, a statement ring embodying a determination to continue to enjoy a cocktail or two, and also to celebrate the greater freedom of women during a time of great social change. Women could vote – and their changing role in society was reflected in the length of skirts and the dispensing of corsets, and in other visible ways too. So cocktail rings were deliberately larger, more ostentatious, more glamorous and frequently more colourful than the rings of previous eras.
Nowadays, any ‘statement’ ring is likely to be termed a cocktail ring, but it’s interesting to remember how this term arose and how cocktail rings reflected in a small (but sparkly) way, the social changes of the 1920s and ’30s.
The ring was made in the United States and was offered for sale by TMW Jewels Co, a boutique estate jewelry and diamond dealer selling gems and jewels in the heart of Manhattan’s bustling midtown diamond and jewelry district, for over half a century.