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Rioritajewelry’s Handcrafted Silver and Stones Cocktail Rings.

  • March 27, 2013 12:14 PM

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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Freeforem Silver Flower Earrings with Tourmaline cabochons

  • September 7, 2012 5:38 PM

A few days ago I returned from a 3 day trip to Venice. The sights and sounds, the great art of Tizian, Tintoretto, Veronese and many more, The people, the shops ,cafes and restaurants… the colors – are all still on my mind and in my heart!

So here I was back in my Studio, thinking what I should do next. I guess the romantic atmosphere of Venice had created a need in me to handcraft a pair of handmade earrings with flowers and ancient colors in them. I found two Tourmaline cabochons and decided to create a pair of silver flower earrings with these stones set in them. One of the cabochons is a beautiful wine color, and the other, which is the same size – about 9mm – in a blue green hue. The colors of these stones look as though they were taken from the wonderful paintings used by the great masters who have overwhelmed me in the churches of Venice. Here they are for you to judge:

Silver and Tourmaline Earrings

Silver and Tourmaline Earrings

I made two loops in sterling silver from a wire with the thickness of 15mm and bent them in a few random places to create a wavey freeform effect. Then I hammered them and added the bezeled Daffodils in their ends. I added two hammered ear studs which complement the hammered design, Oxidized the flower and finally set the stones.

The result is a pair of lovely dangle earrings.



Silver and Tourmaline dangle earrings

Silver and Tourmaline dangle earrings



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