The True Story Behind Right-Hand Rings
One of the reasons why we should never stop admiring women is their continuous fight for gender equality in this complex world, which, we must say, is still largely anti-feminist. Their unstoppable will and bravery are manifested in so many different ways, even the jewelry they wear. That is right, women have found a symbolic voice of independence by wearing right-hand rings, known as the trend that stands for female power. It is the perfect time to learn more about it, so make sure to have Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” anthem playing while reading this super-interesting Kobelli article.
Obviously, the first question to start with is: “What are right-hand rings?”. In the simplest terms, they are defined as any rings worn on the right hand. Therefore, they are not considered bridal jewelry, as they do not carry that particular love meaning. However, a right-hand ring can symbolize a milestone, such as graduation, promotion, acquisition of property and other similar personal accomplishments.
In the past, right-hand rings were commonly referred to as “cocktail rings”, as they were featuring oversized, statement-making, colored gemstones. Women started wearing them on the right hand in order to distinguish them from their bridal jewelry, which is traditionally worn on the left hand in most cultures.
Right-Hand Rings & Trillion Solitaire Necklace
The history of right-hand rings starts in the Art Deco 1920s when artistry was in full bloom and it could be seen in every single aspect of people’s lives; from they way they dressed to the way they behaved. If you haven’t known yet, these are the years when women started to oppose the traditional beliefs by smoking and drinking in public, visiting bars and theaters and the major change of all, entering the workforce. This is when the right-hand ring became the token of women that earn money and power. Their popularity was taken to a whole new level when noted mid-century actresses, such as Natalie Wood and Elizabeth Taylor started appearing with them on the big screen.
Back to 2003, De Beers company launched a nationwide campaign called "Raise Your Right Hand”, in order to encourage women to purchase oversized, pricey gems as a way to express their independence and power. The campaign was a call to action for women all around the world, regardless of their age or marital status.
Today, most out-of-the-ordinary right-hand rings feature vintage designs and come as family heirloom. If they date back to the period between the 1930s-1960s, their value will certainly fetch up a good price on the market. On the other hand, these pieces of jewelry hold an immeasurable sentimental value, so if not a necessity, it is warmly recommended to keep them in the family.
Right-Hand Ring on Index Finger
The best thing about these rings is that no rules are applied when it comes to the selection. Some women are drawn to the silky-polished look of diamonds, while others are more into colored jewelry, so they would preferably pick an extravagant right-hand ring adorned with their birthstone. Amazonite, amethyst, sapphire, ruby and tourmaline are among the top gemstones for vintage-inspired cocktail rings destined to make a statement on a lady’s right hand. There are no rules when to wear right-hand rings too; they make a nice addition to a fancy dinner’s look, an ordinary day at the office or celebrating a special occasion.
If an oversized cocktail ring is in question, the best way to promote its beauty and opulence is by wearing it on the index finger, which is an actual trend today. Moreover, right-hand rings can be worn in a “stacking” fashion - wearing a ring (sometimes two) on each finger, from pinky to thumb. As you might already know, each ring finger has a particular meaning. For example, a ring worn on the index finger symbolizes leadership, while a ring on the thumb bears the meaning of power and wealth. To learn more about ring fingers and their meaning, visit this link.
In the Western culture, unusual jewels, such as majestic cocktail rings are especially reserved for the right hand. Right-handed women should feel delighted by wearing a statement piece on their primary hand, as it will be more noticeable for the others.
Right-Hand Ring On Fourth Finger
THE 2018 TRENDS
Precious stones in color are ever-classic for right-hand rings. They mostly come as centerpieces and can stand alone or be accompanied by diamonds, which is often the case in halo designs. Gemstone rings are desired for their eye-catching allure that is highly appreciated by Bohemian women. Each gemstone has a unique color and appearance, thus creating an adornment with the same exact quality.
▪ Fancy Diamonds
Also known as “colored” diamonds, fancy diamonds are said to be among the rarest and most valuable gems. Therefore, the honor and pleasure of having them in right-hand ring designs. Their color spectrum ranges from yellow to black, while most limited specimens occur in green, blue, pink and red. The color exhibited by fancy diamonds is usually not intense and that is one of the main characteristics that distinguishes them from the other same-colored gems. Right-hand rings embellished with fancy diamonds look best in white metal settings, such as silver, platinum and white gold.
▪ Stackable Rings
Stackable rings represent a great choice for a more personalized style and yes, the look incredibly stylish on the right hand. Those covered with diamonds offer an extra sparkle, whose intensity depends on how many pieces there are. Usually, stackable rings are worn in a combination of three or more on a single finger. Women who wear them on the right hand are often described as “super-chic”.
▪ Spiral Rings
The beauty of spiral rings is that they are simple and stunningly elegant at the same time. By covering a great part of the finger, they create a multi-layered silhouette that levels up her look effortlessly. Spiral rings can be made with or without stones and good to know is that they are quite fashionable at the moment.
▪ Estate Rings
Women who are not interested in modern designs can always consider estate rings, which are perfectly fine to be worn on the right hand. Estate rings are actually antique rings that have previously been in someone else’s possession and are waiting for their next owner. A ring of this kind can be acquired at an estate sale, but be aware that the price won’t be so budget-friendly. However, the thrill of wearing an estate ring comes from the fact that is has unique stone(s) and a look that is no longer to be found in contemporary jewelry.
Spiral Right-Hand Ring on Middle Finger
RIGHT-HAND RINGS IN THE WORLD
In some countries, right-hand rings are worn together with the wedding jewelry, which sometimes makes it hard to identify them. In many European countries, like Norway, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Spain and Greece, wedding bands are worn on the right hand. Therefore, unless the right-hand ring is not a cocktail one, it could be easily misidentified as an eternity band, for example. In Turkey, Syria and Lebanon and Brazil, women traditionally wear the engagement ring on the right hand until it gets replaced with the wedding band, when it is switched to the left. The German tradition, on the flip side, says quite the opposite; the engagement ring migrates from the left hand to the right after a woman got married.
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Written by: Liljana Tomova