That ring on her right hand may look very similar to an engagement ring, but do not automatically assume it is an “alternative” and just worn on the other hand. Perhaps she landed a well-deserved promotion, graduated a master’s program or sold her house, but it is becoming more and more independent that women are buying themselves rings for enjoyment – otherwise known as celebration or dress rings. Right-hand rings hold a history and meaning that dates back to the 1920s, where women threw caution to the wind and rebelliously drank amidst the Prohibition, hence the name, cocktail ring. It was the first time American women were free of cumbersome and outdated fashions and had entered the workforce and socialized alongside men.
Screen stars of the mid-century, including Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Wood, popularized the tradition of the right-hand ring, where it symbolism became even stronger. New advertising promotions were created with the intension of empowering women to purchase their own jewelry to express themselves, and not just to represent engagement. De Beers launched its “Raise Your Right Hand” promotion, which followed its “A Diamond is Forever” campaign. No matter the reason or representation, jewelry is a keepsake and a memory meant not just as a gift but as a form of personal style and sense of self.
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