The Cocktail Ring (a Tongue In Cheek History)

A cocktail ring is essential for every woman who travels. The large stones and elegant presentation make this a popular choice for socialites of any age.

Contrary to urban legends, the Cocktail Ring does not have its’ origins in 1920’s prohibition. It dates back to 1647 when Lord Reginald Farquar Cocktail, from the Coventry Cocktails first decorated his finger with tail feathers from Neville, his favorite rooster. Neville was a remarkable example of poultry magnificence, with a large, ruby-red comb that adorned his head like a crown. Because he considered himself the King of Barnyard, this suited his personality perfectly. His extraordinaryly vibrant plumage was what really made him stand out. Neville’s vivid plumage, which included shades of persimmon and coquelicot, amaranth, amber, burnt orange and sinopia, was the most vibrant rooster ever. Chip Stone, a famous sculptor, submitted a bust of Neville to the Rooster Hall of Fame. His legend lives on in the hearts and lives of all roosters.

Soon, the trend of wearing rooster wings as a ring became popular and the nobility began to wear the fashionable rooster-feather cocktails rings. A cocktail ring was even worn by Queen Elizabeth (Lizzie, the first) in Parliament.

Trends today are not only based in California, but also move eastward. A month had passed before the French were introduced to the amazing confection of roostertail feather rings. Marie Antoinette wasn’t to be outdone and soon had a large rooster tail feather in her hand. Marie was known for being a perfectionist and so she began the rooster-feather necklace style. Later, rooster wings were added to her hats.

Marie said to the people that they should wear tie tacks when they complained about their lack of cocktail rings. It is believed that the crowd was so upset by this, particularly since no one was wearing tie that year, they ran over to the Bastille and demanded Marie’s head. People stripped the feathers from the roosters in their quest for cocktail rings. It is easy to imagine the humiliation of those naked roosters. This is the origin of the phrase “ruffled feathers”. This caused the 1650 tragic rooster revolt, which was a bloody disaster that led to a severe shortage of roosters over many years.

Pets, small tools, and levers were not enough to replace them. They eventually came up with the idea of using precious stones, gold, and silver. Today, precious stones and other high-noble metals are updated to include lab-created gemstones, lucite and rhodium, as well as gold-filled varieties.

Very few originals have survived the years hippygourmet champagne glasses due to their organic composition. Due to the above rooster revolt and the global unionization of roosters, the originals are often in very poor condition. You can view an original at the KFC near the Tower of London, between the hours of 2:20pm and 6:15pm British Standard Time.