Vintage Cocktail Rings

Not all jewellery needs to be symbolic of love; sometimes it is just exciting to own and wear something unique and beautiful. Cocktail rings (also known as dress rings) are rings that reflect you; beit fun, flirty, sophisticated, daring, assertive, refined, elegant, loud. They can be worn as everyday pieces or for special occasions. You make the rules.

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Cocktail rings are typically made from precious metals and gems and are usually more ornate than, say, an engagement ring. These are items where jewellery designers – and jewellery wearers – can fully express themselves.

What is a cocktail ring?

A cocktail ring is a term used to describe any ring that is not an engagement or wedding ring.

Why is it called a dress ring?

Dress rings date back to the 1800s, and represent rings worn because of their stylish or formal appearance rather than because of a life/relationship event. 

What finger should a cocktail ring be worn on?

There are absolutely no rules, but people most commonly wear cocktail rings on the middle finger of their right hand.

Can cocktail rings be worn every day?

Yes, cocktail rings can be worn every day.

How do you wear a cocktail ring?

When wearing rings, a general rule of thumb is to spread the rings evenly across your hands, as having too many rings next to one another can be uncomfortable and impractical. You can wear a cocktail ring any way you would like to. 

What is the purpose of a dress ring?

A dress ring is a ring that is worn mainly because you love it. Some wear a dress ring as a form of remembrance, or as a “push present,” or as a token of love.

What are the different types of dress rings?

Any ring can be a dress ring. They most commonly tend to be clusters as single stone rings are often associated with betrothal. They are often gem set (as opposed to being just set with diamonds) and tend to be a bit bolder in design to engagement rings.

How do I care for my dress ring?

When not wearing it, store your ring in a safe place such as a jewellery box or a safe.

To keep your ring clean gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbruch, warm water and washing-up liquid.

Do not wear your ring when doing activities that could damage it, such as gardening.

Take your ring to a professional jeweller every few years for cleaning and inspection.