Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week-end. I spent some time in my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center (Troy, NY) on Friday, and I may have bought a couple of larger items at Goodwill on the way. Come back tomorrow and you’ll get to see what I bought–Tuesdays are vintage finds days. Meanwhile, I thought I’d share a personal “cool collectible,” a bit of a quirky one to be honest: vintage cocktail rings (well, mostly vintage). Introduced into popular culture back in the 20’s, they’ve reappeared on the fashion scene numerous times, including the past half-decade or so.
My collection started with the silver-tone metal ring on the far left. I purchased it in England at a low-priced department store called Primark in about 2010. We had lived in Derby, England for a year or so, and one of my sweet new friends, Julie, often wore a stunning silver cocktail ring when we went out at night. I really liked the look, so I bought one for myself. It took me a while to work up the courage to wear it–you know how it can be when you want to break in a new fashion trend for yourself. And in the end, if I chickened out, I’d only spent £1, or roughly $1.60 on it. It’s still one of my very favorites.
This coral-colored ring is relatively new and I’ve not had a chance to wear it yet. It’s quite a statement piece, so I’ll be picking my occasion carefully. It would look stunning with a little black dress, right? She cost me all of a dollar, which is my favorite price for cocktail rings! I would date it to the 1970’s.
I bought this pretty silver-toned dogwood flower at Kohl’s a few years ago with a gift card; it’s another of my favorites. Do you know why they’re called “cocktail rings”? Apparently it dates back to Prohibition when a stylish woman enjoying an illegal beverage in a speakeasy might want to flaunt her drink–and herself(!). Hence the term “cocktail ring.”
I wear mine on a variety of occasions (not necessarily involving alcohol): evenings out, weddings, meeting friends for lunch, and shopping, to name a few.
This flashy ring is my only other “new” cocktail ring–another Khol’s gift card purchase. I like to wear it to weddings.
I picked up this vintage “onyx” cameo a few months ago at a garage sale for, you guessed it, a dollar. The gold-tone is wearing off a bit, but it still wearable. I’d date it to the 1960’s.
My latest find–from a couple of weeks ago, this ring with its cluster of tiny gold flowers, dates to the 1960’s.
This beauty, dating to the 90’s (ha ha, that sounds funny) is another statement-maker. I’ve yet to wear her either. Maybe I’m afraid of the color coral? For 50 cents I could afford the risk.
I wear all four of these $1.00 pretties quite regularly.
I consider this 1980’s era ring “neutral” and wear it with almost any color.
Ditto the 1970’s era topaz; it compliments almost any outfit, even though it’s a little fancy.
Isn’t she a beauty? I’d date the “amethyst” to the 70’s as well. Same for the faux turquoise ring.
The pretty aqua “moonstone” surrounded by gold filigree could not be passed up for just a dollar, though she’s a bit bigger than I typically wear. With the right outfit though, I might be persuaded to slip her on. You may be wondering about the values on these trinkets. Well, they won’t be funding my retirement, that’s for sure. I’d value any one of them in the $5-10.00 range, but they sure make a fun collectible, and because I wear them, they’re not sitting around gathering dust. No, they are on display for all to see.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see some of my cocktail ring collection!
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