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WEARING A COCKTAIL RING

Just as Carrie Bradshaw has a fetish for beautiful shoes in 'Sex and the City', I'm a jewellery girl—and more than any other piece, cocktail rings are on my radar... the bolder and more graphic... the better! It's a great statement accessory and as I've been adding more classic pieces to my wardrobe of late, I've found it adds the kick I've been looking for! Last week I saw a gorgeous collection of diamond-encrusted cocoktail rings at my favorite jewellery haunt: Tara Jewellers. They're to die for especially the floral gold ring with diamond petals and the diamond and ruby-encrusted statement ring!

As I added these two rings on my to-shop list.. I did a little research on the cocktail ring. It was an eye-opener! Back in the days of Prohibition when alcohol was illegal, only the elite set had access to secret cocktail parties. They would wear their finest and women would discreetly show off their beautiful rings as they held up their illegal and oh-so-delightful cocktail. Hence... the cocktail ring! Nowadays cocktail rings can be worn to just about any occasion from luncheon to the red carpet. 
 
Hey! Did you know though that the cocktail ring should not be worn on the ring finger of the left hand (that spot is strictly reserved for engagement and wedding rings). Though there are no style rules as such... do pick rings with one focal stone. It looks great! The other stones should complement and not distract from the focal stone. A common faux pas is over-accessorizing. 'Less is more' works well with a satement cocktail ring. Complement it with large pearl or diamond studs instead of cuffs!
 
PS I recently bought a large emerald and ruby ring and wore it to a red carpet occasion with my fine jewellery i.e. chandelier earrings and guess which one attracted the most compliments?
 
 
 
 
 
RINGS COURTESY OF TARA JEWELLERS
 
12-JUNE-2012
 
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15 Comments
 
18-JANUARY-2014 Chris
I do like this collection of faboulus rings. Cheers!
 
 
19-JUNE-2012 Jewel Addict
Mahesh - They are a mix of both! All the best for your course. Jaspreet - It's always a good idea to match bright colored stones with white diamonds. Keep the number of colored stones limited though. The value of any diamond can be determined based upon its purity, clarity, cut and caratage, thus look for appropriate certification.
 
 
18-JUNE-2012 jaspreet singh khichi
Your blogs are serious in tone so I have a request: can you tell me please about pairing stones? I'm from Jaipur and we have a family jeweller who designs all our jewellery based on the design or stones we suggest... it would be a big help as I like to mix diamonds with stones. Also, are black diamonds valuable?
 
 
18-JUNE-2012 mahesh singhania
Beautiful stones. Are they precious or semi-precious? I'm doing a jewellery course in Bankok and it's my first quarter here so I was a little curious of the same.
 
 
15-JUNE-2012 Jewel Addict
Thank you Namrata :) June, let me know how you like the jewellery there!
 
 
15-JUNE-2012 June
I've been in India three weeks and love the rich precious stones. You've really captured the brilliance of these stones. I will try to drop into your store before i head back to London.
 
 
15-JUNE-2012 namrata
Very impressed with your quick response to ALL queries.
 
 
14-JUNE-2012 Jewel Addict
Mandira, we all adore it :) and the centre stone is a 'peridot' while the other two are 'swizz blue topaz'!
 
 
14-JUNE-2012 mandira dattani
I love the green and blue one... have often seen it on this website too so I guess it;s a favorite with everyone :) What are the stones? They have a brilliance.
 
 
14-JUNE-2012 Jewel Addict
Deepak, it's a rose quartz. This is app. for 67,500 INR. Your wife will love it! Go for it :) Namrata, I know what you're talking about!! How i wish I could splash this page with all the lovely cocktail rings i saw. I'll feature them sometime soon :)
 
 
14-JUNE-2012 Jewel Addict
Kalpana It indeed is a stunning piece, app for 1,70,000 INR. Why dont you call a store nearest to you and check about the EMI bit? Go to store locator on www.tarajewellers.in. Nandini, will surely feature a baaju-bandh sometime in the future blogs! thanks for reading!
 
 
13-JUNE-2012 namrata
There isn't a single statement ring which is really the trend in cocktail jewellery now. How about a few trending pieces for those of us who love large rings, dear?
 
 
13-JUNE-2012 Deepak Mehrason
the peach and diamond ring is very subtle and perfect for day... maybe at my wife's law firm too. What stone is it and how much would it cost approximately? I want to gift my wife for her anniversary.
 
 
13-JUNE-2012 Nandini Guha
Interesting read... do other pieces of jewellery have interesting history too? What about the baaju-bandh? It's always fascinated me in its traditional design.
 
 
13-JUNE-2012 Kalpana Nair
I love the emerald and ruby and diamond ring!!!!! What is the pricing? Is it available on EMI? And is the stunning design as visible when worn then as a picture here?
 
 
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