As summer approaches and the champagne is chilled, we take a closer look at the chicest way to accessorise a glass of Dom Perignon: the Cocktail Ring. Even Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, wore a stunning aquamarine cocktail ring at her wedding to Prince Harry, one of Princess Diana's jewels.

What better reason could a jewellery lover need to accessorise with a cocktail ring for the party season? Sotheby's summer Jewels Online sale (5-15th June) has a rich selection of cocktail rings in a similar aquamarine hue.

The history of the cocktail ring is one of a bygone era, eloquently expressed by F. Scott Fitzgerald as “the greatest, gaudiest spree in history.”


CONRAD NAGEL AND KAY JOHNSON (RIGHT), ON-SET OF THE FILM, DYNAMITE, 1929. © GLASSHOUSE IMAGES / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO.

1920s America was a decade of excess: social, artistic and cultural dynamisms fueled opulent lifestyles despite the Eighteenth Amendment. Prohibition gave way to the rise of the speakeasy, where eager cocktail-goers would flock to enjoy a rebellious French 75.

The stylish and fashionable woman of the decade, The Flapper, intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behavior, dressed in luxuriously elegant jewels of multi-thread pearl necklaces, diadems and stacks of bracelets, but none as symbolic as the large, ornamental rings worn on the same hand that wielded an illicit cocktail.

Thus the cocktail ring was born, becoming an ultimate status symbol and creating a no-excuse policy for accessorising your cocktail appropriately this summer.

Follow the links below to browse Sotheby's upcoming jewellery sales, and find the perfect cocktail ring for you this summer.