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The phrase "cocktail ring" lends itself to the illegal underground cocktail parties held in speakeasies during the Prohibition era of the 1920’s when an illicit drink was a status symbol, and a spectacularly brilliant cocktail ring fetched even more eyes than that Gin Rickey. Thus, all ladies of the era who truly wanted to be noticed sported a sparkly ring.  Usually these rings featured a large center gemstone stone that was accented by pave set diamonds and worn on any finger but the left ring finger, which is reserved for a wedding ring.  The 1920’s was a time of great social change especially for women.  Women’s freedom was being expressed in fashion which favored short haircuts, short skirts, and the fancy art deco jewelry of that time period. After prohibition, the cocktail ring became the symbol of the perfect accessory for elegant social occasions into 1940’s and 1950’s. The “Cocktail Hour” was invented in the 1950’s, giving women opportunities to wear their baubles.  Cocktail rings are just as much a part of fashion as ever so come on in to Norman’s and see the huge selection of rings we have!

P.S. We are doing a ring giveaway on instagram! Entry starts 03/18/19 and closes on 03/23/19. Check out our instagram @normansjewelry for details.