Jewels Fit For A Queen



Glenn Spiro is one of those jewellers whose work you probably recognise – even if you don’t know you do. For decades, him and his team created some of the most fantastical pieces for high jewellery houses around the world, before he opened his own private salon, first in LA and then Europe. London born, it was only a matter of time before he moved back to his home town, first basing his brand in Harrods, and then opening in couturier Norman Hartnell’s magnificent former space, complete with original high ceilings, cavernous rooms and Art Deco mirrors lining the walls.


His work is known for incredible detail and top quality gemstones, and since this weekend, visitors to the V&A can see his style up close – thanks to a donation by a certain Ms Beyoncé Knowles, of a much loved Papillon ring, captured here in family pictures by husband Jay Z. Set with diamonds and tsavorites (that’s the official name for green garnets), mounted on titanium, it is an incredibly light piece to wear – with a hidden mechanism that makes the wings magically flap as the wearer’s fingers move.

We love that it will sit in the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery – the same space as important jewels previously owned and worn by incredible women like Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and Empress Josephine, cementing Beyonce’s style standing as the modern day Queen that she is – not that we needed any reminding, of course.

Natasha Sherling

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