The Bessie Vintage Diamond Ring
The Bessie vintage ring features a show stopping floral bouquet. A radiant diamond beauty.
- Currently an AU size Q 1/2
- Can be resized up to a size V 1/2, down to an size L 1/2
- 18ct white gold and platinum
- Total diamond weight is approx. 0.84ct
- Features a centre round brilliant cut, claw set diamond, (total diamond weight of 0.64ct)
- Features eight round brilliant cut, partially bezel set diamonds, (total diamond weight of 0.20ct)
Named after 'Empress of the Blues' Bessie Smith (1894 - 1937). Orphaned in her formative years, Bessie & her brother Andrew, took to street busking as a source of family income. Though performing began out of necessity, Bessie soon became the most iconic blues singer of the 20s & 30s, nicknamed 'Empress of the Blues', due to her magnetic contralto voice and fearlessness as a performer.
Flower-like themes such as the floral diamond setting in The Bessie ring became popular in jewellery during the Edwardian Era due to Queen Alexandra's love and appreciation of flowers. The Edwardian era spans roughly 1890 - 1910, and was known for platinum, pearls and diamonds on diamonds on diamonds! The French have lovingly termed this era La Belle Époque meaning ‘the beautiful epoch’. The Edwardian era prioritised craftsmanship, femininity and thoughtful design.