Months before Meghan Markle waved her bejeweled hand to the cameras on the night of her wedding and instantly made cocktail rings the new must-have, jewelry designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac had conceived her latest look book titled “Les Mains.” English translation: hands. The decision to style hands with layers of rings, Marie-Hélène explains “symbolizes the power of women and the power of gems.”
Historically speaking, the concept holds true. Cocktail rings came into vogue during the roaring 1920s when jewelry designers created the style to embellish women’s hands as they enjoyed a beverage. There aren’t prescribed rules about what a cocktail ring should like. It’s really just a splashy jewel that makes a good conversation piece over a drink as well an empowering style statement. Case in point: Princess Diana bought the ring Harry gave Meghan shortly after her separation from Prince Charles. While cocktail rings have been perpetually popular since the Jazz Age, there are moments when it is more in the mode than others. I think it’s safe to say now is one of those times.
Marie-Hélène de Taillac Mondrian ring set with tanzanite and sapphire, Gabrielle ring set with pink sapphire and yellow sapphire, Princess D. ring set with Chrysoberyl and red spinel, Toi et Moi ring set with tsavorite garnet.
Marie-Hélène de Taillac rings set with variations on the Paraíba tourmaline.
Marie-Hélène de Taillac rings set with a variety of blue stones.