Bringing Back the Big Ring

How you can make the classic fashion ring work for your individual style.

Great fashion classics eventually come back around to be enjoyed again, which is certainly the case of the big, bold ring. A statement piece initially popular in the 1920s and then again in the ’40s and ’50s, the big fashion ring — also known as a cocktail ring — is hot again.

This type of ring is no shrinking violet. It’s meant to be seen and flaunted and admired. Best tip if you wear one: get or give yourself a manicure first! Your hands and nails will be on display along with your fabulous ring.

Why it’s different

This ring is an oversized statement ring with a lot of bold personality. For ultra-glam appeal, fashion rings can feature gemstones of any type and design. A classic design in this category is one large gemstone, often surrounded by smaller gemstones, like diamonds, for contrast and sparkle. Flower-shaped rings of metals or gemstones also are popular, as are edgier bold rings featuring animals, skulls or abstract or modern motifs.

How to wear it

Typically a bold fashion ring is worn on the hand opposite the one you’d wear a wedding ring, either on the ring finger or middle finger. But you’ll probably see celebrities and models also wearing them on their index and pinky fingers; or on four or five fingers at once! Whatever feels right to you is the way to go. However, if you’re unsure, your best bet is to give this big ring some breathing room to stand alone on your hand — most designs certainly have the oomph for that! Also, consider your outfit when wearing a cocktail ring — if the ring has a complex design, simple, pattern-free clothing often works best as a backdrop.

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