Cocktail Hour

Stand out with the bold, chunky accessory of the season.

 

“A cocktail ring is the antithesis of the wedding ring; it announces no status other than the desire to have fun.” When I first read writer Linda Grant’s description of the accessory I recently befriended, I immediately regretted the many years I wrote off chunky rings as too sophisticated, due—at least in part—to their associations with Elizabeth Taylor and my grandmother’s jewelry box. These days, however, my hands sparkle, and I agree with Grant; albeit a bit frivolous, there is something so fabulous about piling-on fine jewelry when not traditionally obliged.

It’s not to say that those wed or betrothed can’t weigh down their every finger with nugget-sized gold (they can—and should, especially this season. Hot for fall, designers including Monique Lhuillier, incorporated the baubles into their runway shows.); the comparison is merely about what one’s jewelry implies. For instance, a wedding band? “I’ll be in a committed relationship til death do us part.” A cocktail ring? “I like to go bold, and be the center of attention; ask me where the party is.”

Image:[clockwise from top left] Victorian style ring with trillion stone and diamonds available at The Diamond Shop, Clayton, 314.721.2210. Mark Patterson aquamarine, tourmaline and diamond ring set in 18k white gold ($7,050), available exclusively at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, Clayton, 314.863.8820. Nava Zahavi light green quartz set in fine silver ring ($1,675) available at Mavrik fine Jewelry, Kirkw ood, 314.909.6818. Nava Zahavi oval rudilated quartz set in 24k gold with 14k band ($1,625) available at Mavrik fine Jewelry. Amethyst set in pink gold ring available at The Diamond Shop. Stephen Webster ring set with chrysoprase and faceted rock crystal with diamonds in 18k yellow gold ($6,825) available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers. Citrine stone with garnet accents set in sterling silver ring available at The Diamond Shop. [center] Multicolored sapphire and diamond flexible band with 15 rose-cut sapphires in 18k rose gold ($7,225) available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers.

 

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Photo credit: Photo by Carmen Troesser

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