A Precise Guide to Cocktail Rings That'll Complement Your Outfits

Cocktail ring makes a style statement
With its undeniable power to make or break an outfit, cocktail rings are a perfect statement piece for any occasion. To learn more about this gorgeous piece of jewelry, Buzzle gives you all the information in this post.
"I always accessorize with jewelry. I am a bit of a magpie; I love sparkles, and so wearing jewelry makes me feel more exciting and confident, too!"
― Amber Le Bon
Cocktail rings can be cheaper than a diamond, but are capable of providing all the flash a girl needs from her accessories. Making its entrance in the 1920s or '30s, the trend only grew after the 1940s due to the heightened popularity of cocktail parties in the United States. With women becoming the center of attention in their flapper dresses, no wonder the necessity of complementing the dresses arose.

Today, these rings aren't just a fashion statement, but a necessary accessory that complete an outfit. Basically, it adds the much-needed panache to any event you attend and the dress you have on. But what constitutes as a cocktail ring? And are there any guidelines you should keep in mind while shopping for one? Along with providing you answers to these questions, as you read the rest of the article, you will find essential tips to wearing this ring as well.
What is a Cocktail Ring?
types of cocktail rings
If you've ever feasted your eyes on these rings, you'll immediately know what they are. But to clarify its meaning for some extra knowledge, a cocktail ring is larger than a normal ring due to its size, shape, and design. They come in a variety of colors and are made from either precious, semi-precious, or synthetic stones. Some of the most common stones used to make these rings are citrine, opal, ruby, amethyst, emerald, sapphire, diamond, garnet, blue topaz, peridot, and pearl. With elaborate designs that makes the central stone(s) glamorous, these rings are available in different types of material like sterling silver, gold-plated nickel, solid gold, and platinum.
Things to Look for While Purchasing
◆ Think about when you'll be wearing the ring, and on what type of outfits. From formal occasions to girls' night out, be sure to buy and match cocktail rings that will take your outfit to a whole new level.
◆ Think about your budget, and then begin your shopping. Although there are a ton of rings available in precious stones, the price tags may dampen your spirits about wearing them. Which is why, keep an eye out for less expensive alternatives, such as amethyst, garnet, peridot, labradorite, turquoise, and black onyx.
◆ The general notion is that the bigger the cocktail rings, the better they look. However, always keep your comfort level above the style. If you're just purchasing the ring in order to make a statement, but aren't completely satisfied with it or comfortable wearing it, the whole idea will go to waste. A cocktail ring is supposed to elevate your outfit, spirit, and attitude.
◆ Pick a ring setting which keeps the stone in the center so that it can be seen in its full glory. If you wish to hold the stone above the band, choose a ring which has a prong setting. Apart from this, you have the option of choosing the bezel setting where the stone is safely place on top of the band. Now, if there are more than one stones in your ring, you can opt for a cluster ring setting where the stones are placed in a variety of different designs.
How to Wear a Cocktail Ring
Traditionally speaking, these rings were worn on the right ring finger to emphasize its presence. Nowadays, women choose to wear it on any finger except the ring finger on the left hand. Since the engagement and wedding rings are worn on the left ring finger, a cocktail ring takes it place on pretty much any of the other fingers.
You can choose to pile the rings on or stick to wearing just one piece, these rings are an easy, yet elegant addition to any look. From the pricier rings designed by designers like Michael Kors, Kate Spade, or Kenneth Jay Lane to inexpensive collections at various departmental stores, remember, there will always be a perfect cocktail ring out there waiting for you.