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Sophisticated cocktail ring with aquamarine & diamonds in white gold, 1960s

In the 1960s, rings became bigger and flashier than ever before. Insbesonders glamorous cocktail rings was worn with pleasure. We owe this type of jewellery to a period in history in which the consumption of alcohol was prohibited: we are talking about the American Prohibition, which prohibited the serving of any alcohol in the years between 1920 and 1933. But it was precisely during this time that secret bars, the so-called speakeasys, flourished, where modern-dressed flappers with ondulated bobbed heads danced the Charleston and drank champagne. They wore large rings on their fingers, which rebelliously drew attention to the drinks in their hands: It was the birth of the cocktail ring, which like no other piece of jewelry symbolizes the wearer's penchant for the finer things in life, for luxury and pleasure - against all odds, or perhaps because of them. This ring is a piece of jewellery that was probably made in the United States in the 1960s and which sets a large, water-blue aquamarine of about 7.94 ct. Its large facets reflect light not only in direct sunshine, but even in the dim lighting of a bar. Side lobes hold the gemstone securely. A wreath of twenty octagonal diamonds frames the center stone and provides it with their white light. The ring has been handcrafted with high standards of goldsmithing. The interplay of excellent workmanship and sophisticated design creates a piece of jewellery for true connoisseurs - from the very era in which cocktail hour advanced to a social event.

Cocktail rings were once considered rebellious because they made a clear statement: In the 1920s, ladies in the USA 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 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 "statement pieces" today and with their often lavish trimming stand for good-humoured luxury. Today they are not only worn on formal occasions like on the red carpets, galas or award ceremonies, where it glitters and sparkles on the fingers of prominent ladies - but whenever you feel like it!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.