The Right Hand Ring
Right hand rings are a screaming status symbol and statement for women all over the world. Originally known as dress rings or cocktail rings, right-hand rings used to be worn only for special occasions. This special type of ring can look quite similar to an engagement ring, but it’s not. This is a ring that a woman can buy to celebrate an accomplishment or simply, a celebration of you.
Let’s say you got that job promotion you were hoping for, after tons of hard work. A great way to reward yourself would be to get a right hand ring. This would always be a reminder to yourself of your work ethic and how hard work really does pay off.
As mentioned earlier, the right hand ring is called a “dress” or “cocktail” ring. The symbolism behind it dates back to the 1920s. The name came from women who drank during the Prohibition (cocktail hour drinking led to cocktail rings). During this time, women were free from having to please society standards of wearing dresses (dress rings), and instead, entered the workforce. Women in this era, went to bars and nightclubs and smoked and drank amongst the likes of men. This move of women empowerment became the working woman’s symbol...the right hand ring.
The diamond or gemstone in a right hand ring allows you to express your unique individuality. The most dazzling of diamond rings are no longer reserved for just the married and engaged women these days. The beauty of right hand rings is that there are so many ring styles to choose from. With right hand rings, you're not limited by convention or tradition; you can choose whatever design you like. For instance, if you’re a free spirit, then you’ll want a style that shows your freewheeling personality.
Why the right hand?
Women wear rings on the right hand to make a clear and bold statement...independence! The concept of the right hand ring is that women who are not married or engaged, no longer need to miss out on the stunning beauty of sparkling diamond rings.
Engagement rings and wedding rings are normally worn on the left hand. Women wearing a right hand ring are free-thinking and unbound by convention. They are a new way of looking at a category of ring style.
Women are no longer bogged down by society’s opinion of engagement and wedding band style rings being worn by married women only...we’ve come a long way!
You’ve seen women wear rings on their right hand wedding finger, and thought nothing of it. It could have been costume jewelry to dress up an outfit, or it could have been an expensive piece of jewelry that represented an amazing moment in their life...you never know.
Now that you know the history behind the right hand ring, maybe you can start your own traditions with it. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to nice things, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
A New Tradition
The right hand ring was most commonly chosen by women who are not married or engaged. Today’s women are well aware of marriage being a choice. Whether the choice is to be married or opting out of marriage, they still have the option to wear a similarly styled, and sometimes oversized diamond/gemstone covered ring.
As a reward for your ambition, A right hand diamond Ring is a ring that you buy for yourself. It symbolizes your independence and your good fortune in life. A diamond right-hand ring isn't a diamond ring that you have to wait for or use to make a major commitment.
In fact, these right hand rings can and have been passed down from generation to generation. Mothers have given diamond rings to their daughters as keepsakes once they’ve reached a certain milestone or life-changing event in their life.
Rings that have been passed down from generations passed, can be looked at as vintage rings. These rings are to be cherished forever.