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Papillon

  • Object:

    Ring

  • Date:

    2014 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spiro, Glenn, born 1962 (designed by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tsavorites and diamonds set in titanium and white gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Knowles-Carter family

  • Museum number:

    M.1-2018

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 53, shelf C, box 3

This butterfly ring, from Beyoncé's personal collection, is by the London jeweller G (Glenn Spiro). A superb example of naturalism in contemporary fine jewellery, its shimmering wings are encrusted with vivid green tsavorites and edged with diamonds. The delicacy of the titanium setting is glimpsed in flashes of blue between the gemstones. An ingenious diamond-set band extends above the knuckle and connects to hinges that allow the wings to flutter – an apparently magical movement controlled by the gentle flexing of the wearer’s ring finger.

Physical description

A pair of blue titanium wings, each in two sections, set with tsavorites and diamonds. The wings are joined by a hinge underneath the insect's diamond-set, white gold body. The band is an intricate, curving, hinged structure of white gold set with diamonds, which enables the wings to move as the wearer's finger bends.

Date

2014 (made)

Artist/maker

Spiro, Glenn, born 1962 (designed by)

Materials and Techniques

Tsavorites and diamonds set in titanium and white gold

Marks and inscriptions

PL in a star / G in a circle / Au 750 / Titane

Dimensions

Height: 48 mm wing, Width: 68 mm wings, Depth: 26 mm band and butterfly with wings flat, Depth: 52 mm band and butterfly with wings raised

Descriptive line

Articulated ring in the form of a butterfly, tsavorites and diamonds set in titanium and white gold, by G (Glenn Spiro), 2014

Materials

Tsavorite; Diamond; Titanium; White gold

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Animals and Wildlife; Gemstones

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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