My own personal definition for “cocktail rings” is: a ring, preferably large and colorful, which is as fun as it possibly can be.
This bouquet of gems is by Oscar Heyman for J.E. Caldwell. I would wear it all night long. It’s fun, exuberant, and eye-catching. The ring shank is 18k yellow gold and it’s set with natural pink and blue ceylon sapphires, and natural yellow and white diamonds totaling 2.50 carats.
This platinum ring by Tamir is set with a pair of rare, magnificent round, greenish blue tourmalines totaling 6.04 carats, surrounded by 0.43 carats total of round brilliant diamonds. I have rarely seen anything that was such a spectacular color. This ring is currently for sale by Tamir, listing available via 1stdibs.
This retro beauty is Van Cleef & Arpels, made in France in the 1950’s. It’s another cluster ring, composed of a central turquoise cabochon within a border of circular-cut rubies, embellished by an outer ring of turquoise cabochons accented with rubies and diamonds. I think the color combination is to-die-for. How bright and happy. This one ties with the Oscar Heyman for my favorite of the bunch. I swoon for that rich turquoise every time.
This high-voltage stunner would be a knee-weakener of an engagement ring, but with its flashy setting and jaw-dropping center stone, it would also be great as a cocktail ring. It centers a Y to Z color diamond (that’s why it looks yellow) of 9.53 cts encircled by by 16 round diamonds totaling approximately 1.45 carats.
I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with this vintage opal, jade, and diamond ring but I know I really like it. It’s sort of like blowing bubbles in a forest, ideally on St. Patrick’s day. It’s vintage, as I mentioned – from 1950. The iridescent opal is surrounded by curling branches of diamond flowers and accentuated by a trip of leaf-shaped jades. Fabulous.
If you could only have one of these cocktail rings, which would you chose? I think my heart has been stolen by the Oscar Heyman at the top.
All images and info are thanks to the original source of each of the cocktail rings. Please see individual descriptions for source links.
What a bunch of beauties! I wouldn’t mind having #3 at all… It’s hard to believe it was made in the 50s, though. It looks pretty up-to-date at first glance, don’t you think?
Diamonds in the Library says
You’re definitely right about that – colorful cluster rings have come back in style, I think. Something I support strongly! Yay, color!