Beyonc’s butterfly ring now sits alongside Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great’s jewels

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Image: Glenn Spiro

Listen, we’ve all known for a while that Beyoncé is a name that’ll appear in history books for years to come.

But, now a piece of her jewellery is sitting alongside that of history’s other female MVPs — Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and the Empress Josephine.

Beyoncé rather generously donated a butterfly ring given to her as a gift by Jay-Z to London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum.

Image: glenn spiro

The “papillon ring” — designed by London-based jeweller Glenn Spiro a.k.a. “G”—is formed of titanium wings, encrusted with green tsavorites, and surrounded with diamonds. According to the Guardian, the ring is “one of a number of G pieces Beyoncé owns, mostly gifted by Jay-Z”.

In a statement, the V&A described the ring as “an example of naturalism in contemporary fine jewellery.” Of course, it does help that the hand it once adorned belongs to Beyoncé.

The V&A’s jewellery curator Clare Phillips said the museum is “proud” to have received a gift from Queen Bey. And, rightly so. It’s not everyday one is bestowed with a gift from Bey herself.

Image: glenn spiro

“Beyoncé is a figure whose personal style the V&A is proud to represent, and a gift from whose personal collection we are honoured to receive,” said Phillips.

“The papillon ring she has gifted is an exquisite example of contemporary jewellery design by one of Britain’s master jewellers,” she added.

The ring now sits proudly on display in the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the V&A in London, “alongside jewels associated with some of history’s most notable women.”

I suppose that’s one method of re-gifting!


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