Cocktail rings first emerged in the jazz-age of the 1920s as a symbol of opposition to Prohibition. During that time, an alcoholic cocktail was about as rebellious a status symbol as you could get. Making sure that everyone noticed your illicit drink was equally important – particularly for women – who were beginning to challenge their proscribed role in the home and society. The cocktail ring – in all its colourful, blinging glory – was thus invented as an emblem of female independence and became the perfect accessory at secret parties in towns and cities across America.
We like to think of the Pharaoh Ring as the perfect, everyday cocktail ring, as easily worn by day as by night. Hand-crafted in England in 18ct yellow gold, this gold ring is set with a large, carved jadeite cabochon in the form of a scarab, encircled by pave-set white diamonds. As the name suggests, this piece draws its inspiration from the traditions of ancient Egypt, when scarab beetles forms featured heavily in the royal or imperial jewellery of the time. Of all the Egyptian animals, the scarab beetle has always been a favourite of ours as a symbol of immortality, resurrection and the morning sun. In ancient times, the scarab beetle was often placed on the chest of a mummy to represent the heart of the deceased. They were also used frequently in seals, with the name or place of the owner engraved around or alongside the scarab motif.
This ring is available immediately in size N/O but can be adapted to any ring size.
- PHARAOH RING
- 18ct yellow gold
- White diamonds