Ever since Meghan Markle flashed a brilliant aquamarine cocktail ring on the way to her wedding reception, the world has gone mad for the March birthstone. In fashion magazines, blogs and social media posts, millions have celebrated the Duchess of Sussex’s cool blue gem…and demand for cocktail rings has never been higher.
Is the aquamarine cocktail ring a royal thing…or a passing fling? We are so not sure. But this we do know: Once you have tried one on it will haunt you with its dreamy, oceanic color. So go ahead, you deserve it…this ultimate summer self-purchase has us utterly dazzled.
Aquamarine Cocktail Ring Redux
First popularized in the Roaring ‘20s, the cocktail ring started out as a symbol of female independence. Prohibition-era flappers wore large gemstone rings, sometimes over their gloves, to flaunt authority while they sipped contraband cocktails at their local speakeasy.
Through the years, the cocktail ring has drifted in and out of fashion, but today it is firmly rooted on the “must-have” list for the jewelry obsessed. Meghan Markle’s sparkler was a gift from her husband, Prince Harry, who inherited it from his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It is believed Diana bought the blue gem for herself in 1996, and considered it to be one of her favorite pieces.
Shopping for Aquamarines
While few can afford an aquamarine of royal lineage, there are beautiful alternatives that won’t break the bank. Featured in this post are several stunning cocktail rings, from fine jewelry and fashion jewelry collections, at various price points.
Meghan/Diana’s stone was set in 18K yellow gold, which is somewhat unusual for aquamarines. The icy blue gemstone is most often seen in white gold or platinum; fortunately for us, many contemporary aquamarines are set in sterling silver.
Look for fashionable aquamarine cocktail rings at your local fine jeweler, better department stores, and online at jewelry sites and vintage luxury sites. To read more about aquamarines, including how best to clean and care for them, please click here.