Cocktail Rings, A Necessity

Personally I find cocktail rings to be a necessity, not just for drinking, but for the everyday purposes of going about the usual stuff and keeping an eye on one’s hands whilst doing so. It is good to have some weight and glitter hanging off the end of your arms, whatever the time of day and whatever circumstances you have found yourself in.

But to find a good cocktail ring is not easy.

There is very little that I dislike more than modern high-street costume rings. They draw you in with their snazzy and sparkling designs then, after less than a day’s wear, the thin layer of gold finishing has worn away and you are left with an ugly dark copper band and green stains on your fingers. Then, because you have bought into a currently mass-produced product, you look around and see more women flashing the exact same design, with the exact same wear, and the same green stains.

For this reason I have long stuck to only sterling silver or gold, struggling to find or afford anything big or extravagant enough in these metals to fit my requirements. That is until recently coming across various vintage costume rings which are beginning to change my mind…

The designs are much more unusual, and my tests so far show them to leave far fewer base metal marks on fingers. The construction is of a higher and more detailed quality, stones are usually glass rather than plastic, and any gold-plating is often thicker than I have encountered with modern pieces.

If your fingers are feeling a little underweight and dull, here are some excellent cocktail rings available for purchase in my SHOP



Don’t Be Fooled By The Rocks That I Got

It has been a while since my previous post on our rather optimistic acquisition of a derelict house, and you have no doubt been wondering “how on earth will Lil manage to do any of this quite structural based manual labour and will she have to take all of her jewellery off to do so?


We have spent a good many days now fretting over beams, trying to figure out how to manoeuvre fourteen pieces of wood whose measurements are longer than that of the room, and dislodging large quantities of stone and floorboarding. These are all relatively big things, and I have struggled somewhat to switch between these massive dimensions and the much smaller scale of jewellery.

I will not bore you with what I have learnt about the main timber frame of a house, but here is what I have learnt about jewellery and dust…Wedding rings (like a marriage) can take a fair amount of battering. Silver rings, less so. You can’t fit work gloves over cocktail rings. Sparkly earrings work well with hats and look pretty in a rubble-filled environment. Short chain necklaces are fine, you can still see them through your boiler-suit collar, in fact there’s barely an excuse for not wearing one. You cannot escape finger sprain swelling and should leave enough wiggle-room for going up around one ring size.

After repeatedly injuring my hands quite badly John imposed a short work ban, and I must now wear the prettier and more delicate rings pictured on the right. This has worked due to the fact that I apparently care more about breaking rings than I do about breaking fingers.

If you are also renovating an old building and wondering what jewellery you should be wearing whilst doing so, or wanting some nicer rings in order to avoid similar injuries to mine, here are some pieces available for purchase in my SHOP