Beyoncé has created for herself quite an extraordinary collection of fabulous jewellery, and when it comes to style, well, she likes it big.
This is not a woman who does subtle, and who can blame her – her talent is towering, her attitude to life is fierce and her success is global.
The scene was set in 2008, when husband JayZ put a ring on it in style, with an 18-carat emerald-cut, flawless diamond ring with a split shank. Once that beauty was in place, only big and beautiful would do. Hubby dearest followed that up with another 18-carat stunner in 2012, when he celebrated the arrival of their first child, Blue Ivy, with an emerald-cut sapphire.
Both rings were made by American jewellery designer Lorraine Schwartz, who also made a 15-carat cushion cut diamond ring for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and a 6-carat heart shaped solitaire for Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga.
More is more
Beyoncé’s red carpet style is certainly quite the opposite of less-is-more. In 2015, she wore a collection of Schwartz jewels worth $10m – 100 carats of diamond rings, 50 carats of emerald rings and 80 carats of emerald-and-diamond chandelier earrings – to the Grammys, while in 2017 she upped the ante with a $12 million Schwartz necklace.
It may be all about the bling for Beyoncé, but she doesn’t restrict herself to haute joaillerie; she also has a magnificent collection of statement and costume jewellery – though of the finest quality from high end designers. No market stall buys for our Bey.
Bought it myself
If you consider jewellery to be the ultimate expression of status and wealth, then Beyoncé is nailing that on the head. However, you might also argue that this is a woman who has worked incredibly hard, lived her life in the harsh, unforgiving, ever-speculative public eye and achieved massive success through her own brains and business skills, as well as her towering talent. In which case, she’s making a slightly different statement: I worked for it, I earned it, I bought it myself. And why the hell not?
We’ve seen an increasing number of women coming to us and buying their own bespoke pieces, celebrating their own power and place in the world. Sometimes known as the ‘right hand ring’, this is a piece chosen by a woman to suit herself, paid for by herself. This allows for complete control over design and budget…and don’t it feel good?
Just ask Beyoncé.