Off to the Cocktail Party!

Extravagant amethyst ring in gold, Germany circa 1965

Once cocktail rings were considered rebellious, because they make a clear statement: In the 1920s, ladies in the U.S. wore these large pieces of jewelry to parties where alcohol was served despite Prohibition, often disguised in colorful cocktails. Prominently placed on the index finger of the left hand, the message of such a ring was clear: Look, I have fun in life and know how to enjoy it! Today there are no more illegal cocktail parties, at least not for adults - but large cocktail rings are still fun, luxurious statement pieces. Today, they aren't only suitable for cocktail parties, but whenever you feel like it! This ring showcases the glamorous design language of the midcentury. In its center, three faceted amethysts of deep purple color sparkle in a row. The beautiful gemstones are held securely by airy settings and are set as the highlight of a wide ring band. The ring band shows fine shadow gaps that effectively break the wall of the ring. At the top, the individual compartments of the ring band end in small white gold settings set with fourteen small diamonds. The design language is modern and geometric, extravagant and striking, indebted to the contemporary taste of the years around 1965. The ring is a statement piece that beautifully illustrates this era's joie de vivre and penchant for striking shapes. It found its way to us here in Berlin, where it was probably created.

The first years of the young Federal Republic experienced a previously unseen increase in wealth and quality of life with the economic miracle. After the sorrows of the war years, the displays of the stores shone in new luxury, and not least jewellery and watches also served to visibly show the new joie de vivre to the outside world. The style of the jewellery of these years was often oriented towards the late Art Deco, as it had been developed since the 1930s and continued to determine the designs of the large goldsmith companies, especially in the USA and France: rich furnishings, clear geometries and an exuberant sparkle of high-quality gemstones determined the picture.

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