Gemstone: Smoky Quartz
Cut: Emerald Cut
Size: 20.00 x 15.00 mm
Material: 9ct Yellow Gold
Hallmarked London 1972
Ian Abeshouse Valuation $1,200.00
Ring Size: M
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A great example of a 1970s cocktail ring. This style of ring originally emerged in the 1920s 'Jazz Age' and was worn by women to draw attention to the fact that they were drinking an illicit alcoholic beverage. Its boldness went on to represent women freedom and independence. Worn as a "must" dress accessory in 1970s English society to cocktail events, a restaurant or the opera, it today has become a firm fixture in most jewellery brand collections.
The Mid 20th Century Period (1950 - 1970):
The hair was bigger, the dresses were bigger and the jewellery followed suit. Women wore more extravagant pieces than ever before and men opted for lots of gold. Cartier introduced jewellery depicting leopards and panthers and from then on each jewellery house did the same. Van Cleef & Arpels created bejewelled animals and flowers and Bulgari had its Serpentini line. Cocktail Rings were something a woman could simply not be seen without particularly in the US where a ‘Cocktail Party’ was the most stylish event you could be invited to.