I must admit – after having been a jewelry designer and crafter for 19 years, I never bothered to find out the meaning of the term “Cocktail Ring”. How negligent of me! But then – there are yet so many things I still have to learn, whether in life or in jewelry designing, that I have a tendency to forgive myself for this.
When I found the term Cocktail Ring in the internet, I searched for the meaning and this is what I found:
A Cocktail Ring is a ring which is larger than the standard size rings, and people wear them mostly when they attend cocktail parties. But, there were times, believe it or not, that Cocktail parties were forbidden! That was in the nineteen fortees and fifties. As some people have a special enjoyment of showing their individuality by going against the law, the ladies who attended these parties wore stylish, usually very expensive, large cocktail rings.
Although cocktail paties are not very much in fashion these days, you can still see large cocktail rings decorating the hands of actresses and other celebrities in festive events such as Theatre premeieres, Movie award shows and such.
Unlike in the past when Cocktail Rings were endowed with very expensive gemstones such as diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds, today’s Cocktail rings are decorated with semi precious and faux stones. The price of a Cocktail Ring can range from $50.00 to $500.00. It depends on the quality of the stones and the production. Real large Gold rings will range from a few thousands of Dollars to a few thousand hundreds!
Following the new information I’ve acquired with regard to Cocktail Rings I’ve created a few of my own versions and have added them to my shop. All the stones I use are natural semi-precious stones:
Hope you will like to see my Cocktail Rings on your finger, whether you go to a party, or just for the fun of it!
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I am still in my handmade silver flower making mood.
Lately I get these spontaneous ideas. I guess that’s because the weather is changing and has a kind of influence on my creativity… as soon as I have an idea, I decide not to wait, no matter whatever I am occupied with that day, and I go right away to my studio and do it. I believe that when I create my items spontaneousely, it can be felt by other people too. The items are made with more enthusiasm, and people can sense this.
As it is still September, I chose a freeform Pink Sapphire with a rosecut surface and set in a new sculptured flower ring.
Here’s how I did it: I hammered a piece of 0.7mm thick sterling silver to the shape of a sculpted flower by using the repoussee technique.As the rims are somewhat sharp, and I like to create rings which would not harm the skin of whoever wears it, I soldered a 0.6mm thick backing to it. On the back I soldered one of my ready made sterling silver bands. ( I keep a stock of various sized sterling silver bands which I designed and handcrafted in advance, in order to have them handy whenever I wish to create a ring) and finally I soldered a bezel on top of the flower. As the upper part of the flower is wavy, I made a special sterling base for the bezel and soldered it only to the four higher spots of the flower. I oxidized the surface of the flower, polished it a bit, and finally set the stone.
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Link to my ring in my Etsy shop: