The little cocktail ring has a lot to say about your color choices and style aesthetic, but its most important message is that it’s just here to have a good time. It’s not the flowery and bright engagement ring that lets others know you’re about to embark on a meaningful life journey of love or the low-profile wedding band that signifies you’re officially off the market. And the cocktail ring definitely isn’t one of those hipster-chic over-the-knuckle numbers or midi rings that lets others know you like to express yourself differently (even if nobody can figure out exactly what you’re trying to say). But the perky cocktail ring, with a typically bulbous gemstone center often perched on fingers opposite the wedding-ring hand, has no raison d’être or working papers; it exists only to offer silent, stylish support to the hand doing the heavy lifting during happy hour.
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Ring in silver with palladium and rhodium plating, hand-painted enamel, a 3 ct. peridot, and a white topaz accent, $200; Drukker Designs at JCK Las Vegas B2566
Ring in silver with 16 ct. turquoise, $495; Hera at Couture Viewpoint 220
Orchid flower ring in silver and titanium with 18k gold plate and opal, $600; Studio Rox at JCK Las Vegas
Ring in silver and 18k gold with rose-cut citrine and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,617; Jane Bohan at Couture 137
Ring in 18k gold from the Kaleidoscope collection with 0.32 ct. t.w. moonstones, 0.3 ct. t.w. pale pink tourmalines, 0.21 ct. t.w. American blue topaz, 0.16 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, 0.16 ct. t.w. amethysts, and 0.15 ct. t.w. red agate, $1,500; Trillion at JCK Las Vegas B2379
Ring in 14k gold with 0.75 ct. t.w. heated pink and colorless diamonds from the Fiamma collection, $1,699; Kama Schachter at LUX1911
Ring in 14k gold with 5.4 x 7 mm pear-shape tanzanite, $3,565; Anne Sportun at Couture 607
Ring in silver with 27.5 ct. amethyst and 3.33 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, $4,000; Lagos at Couture Villa 209
Crushed Frame ring in 18k gold with a platinum rutilated quartz and diamonds, $5,300; Pamela Froman at Couture 608
Bird ring in 18k gold with black rhodium and 1.86 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $6,580; Colette at Couture 1305
Ring in 18k gold with 7.93 ct. minty green tourmaline, 0.84 ct. t.w. tsavorites, and 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds, $15,800; Suna Brothers at Couture 505
Ring in 18k gold with 65.66 ct. aquamarine and 0.63 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,690; Vianna at LUX1000
Ring in 18k gold with 5.77 ct. emerald-cut fancy sapphire and 0.4 ct. t.w. diamonds, $16,875; Omi Privé at P-58
Ring in 18k gold with black-finished silver and a 9.07 ct. antique cushion-cut pink tourmaline and 3.35 cts. t.w. diamonds, $29,000; Tamir Jewels at AGTA219
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