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Dover Jewelry's Collection of Diamond Cocktail Rings

The term 'cocktail ring' was first adopted and applied to a certain category of rings during the Postwar Retro era. The 1940s engagement rings were often big and bold, featuring flamboyant curves and feminine motifs such as ribbons, bows and flowers. Despite the hardships of World War II, the rings set with diamonds were often adorned with a 'diamond cluster' comprising multiple stones set atop a sturdy mounting. The scarcity of platinum due to its being used in the war effort resulted in abundant use of gold, often in a combination of yellow, rose and green color gold.

In contemporary times, the term cocktail ring is identical with the bold and colorful design of the Retro era and the styles introduced during the postwar era. These styles were called bombe or bulle design, pave-set with colored gemstones to simulate flower-heads, scrolls ant the like. Dover Jewelry's vividly colored antique cocktail rings and diamond cocktail ring collection from the 1940s to the 1990s offer a varied choice of motifs including mythological animal-heads, flowers, turbans, and /or asymmetrical plaques. They are adorned with a selection of fine colored gemstones, surrounded by diamonds, or set with exotic 'angelskin' corals as an assemblage of flower-heads.

Our later styles (ca 1990s) vintage cocktail rings show strong inspiration by the styles of the Art Nouveau era, depicting the Art Nouveau unique characteristics such as artistic texturing of gold and purely naturalistic motifs, together with frequent application of enamel enhancements widely in use by Art Nouveau artists.

A Phenomenon of Social Change in the 20th Century

Cocktail rings as we know them today first made their appearance in late 1920s, an era of all-sided social change taking place in every sphere of women's life. The greater freedom women enjoyed was expressed in their selective and unprecedented fashion and their frequent social encounters, their fashionable drinking, and smoking which had become characteristic of what was known as 'cocktail parties'. The 'cocktail rings' in vogue at the time had large center stones, complemented and enhanced by pavé diamonds. They were worn on any finger with the exception of the one reserved for engagement and/or wedding ring.

The 'modern' women of the jazz age would wear their often oversized 'cocktail rings diamonds clusters' at frequent clandestine cocktail parties, most of which showcased large diamond center-stones, emeralds, or sapphires set on platinum base. The more modest categories of rings used colorful semi-precious gemstones such as opals and were created with more abstract shapes also referred to as cocktail ring.

The vintage cocktail rings of the 1940s Retro era were distinct in several ways: The war years had rendered both precious stones and platinum scarce and almost inaccessible to jewelry makers, resulting in the limited use of semi-precious substitutes such as quartz, tourmaline, blue topaz, and citrine, based not on platinum but on gold in all available colors instead of platinum. Diamond cocktail rings of the late 1940s and the 1950s showed more variety in design and in the size of gemstones used. This was made possible by ongoing progress in techniques such as the application of micropavé colored gems to cover the entire domed plaque of a cocktail ring instead of the enormous center-stones of the earlier eras but producing similar dramatic effect.

Explore Dover Jewelry's Collection of Cocktail Rings

Explore Dover Jewelry's unique collection of cocktail diamonds rings online which includes all designs and styles from the 1920s Art Deco cocktail ring era to the quintessential Retro period depicting bold and opulent features.

The advantage of cocktail rings lies in their sophisticated and opulent aesthetic with an antique flair reviving the nostalgia of the Postwar Retro era. This category of finger ornament adds to the attraction of a cocktail outfit and lends a purely classic elegance to the appearance of the person wearing it!

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