Cocktails and Nails: the Best Rings + Polish Combos for your New Year’s Eve Celebrations

We just loooooove holding a glass of bubbly; yes, it’s delicious and a New Year’s Eve non-negotiable, but during the party season, it’s a great way to show off your sparkle, too.

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New Year’s Eve parties call for cocktail rings, and is the time to break out the big guns. But a gorgeous rock needs a complimentary manicure to ensure your hands are as chic as that Veuve you’re holding. Here, our favourite match-ups, much like champagne and oysters.

Irene Neuwirth Diamond Collection Gemstone Ring, $14 600


This supremely luxurious 18k satin-finished gold braided brand twists into a generous sized emerald surrounded by pavé-set white diamonds. Although an obvious pick (hello, red and green x-mas combo!), a blood-red manicure is also the most flattering: the bold shades are the most complimentary for one another. You also want to keep nails classic, simple and sexy; this ring demands elegance. Swipe on a few coats of the ultra-glossy, intensely saturated and appropriately limited-edition-for-the-holidays shade Phenix by Chanel.

Alexander McQueen Caged Floral Skull Ring, aprox. $530


Inject a bit of bassass sass with McQueen’s iconic and emblematic skull decorating your finger. Oversized and intricate, this ornamental piece oozes glamour and a rebellious spirit. Capture its zeitgeist while adding an extra dose of holiday dazzle with a sparkly, moody manicure. Slick on a sparkle-flecked black polish, like NARS’ Night Breed, or amplify the deco characteristics of the ring by painting nails black and lining the nail beds with a sprinkling of sparkles à la Lupito Nyong’o.

Suzywan DELUXE Sparkle Star Adjustable Ring, aprox. $30


Whimsically wishing upon a star is at your fingertips with this layered star design. Adding some joie de vivre to any holiday ensemble, let this ring reign supreme and pare nails down to really let this star shine bright. Buff nails shiny, and simply top with a few coats of Butter London’s Nail Foundation™ Flawless Basecoat; although technically, yes, a basecoat, expert nail artists swipe this on alone for that perfect “no-mani mani” look.

Bauble Bar Druzy Cocktail Ring, $36


The most classic of the bunch, this quintessential cocktail ring pretty much goes with anything and everything. The slightly earthy stone adds an element of laidback cool, and an equally time-honored and chic manicure best suits this rock. Bring the ever-popular 1930’s half-moon manicure into modern day style by choosing an opaque, metallic shade and leaving the moons naked. To bring out the cool tones of the stone, choose a deep slate-grey shimmer, like RGB’s polish in Dusk. The “gunmetal shade reflects a multitude of undertones”, making it a perfect, stylishly mod pick.

Dolce & Gabbana Sacred Heart Ring, $967


Channel your inner queen — and live out your runway to real way fantasies — with this Dolce & Gabbana stunner. Stretching from knuckle to knuckle, this royal ring deserves an equally regal manicure. Fittingly, nail polish queen Deborah Lippmann has the perfect match — Good Girl Gone Bad, a bold, cabernet glimmer, was recreated after the wildly popular original sold out nationwide. This one’s all your own, your majesty.