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Judge the Jewels: Beyoncé Lights Up British Vogue in the 100+ Carat Tiffany World’s Fair Necklace

If anyone deserves to wear legendary one-of-a-kind jewels for editorial shoots, it is Beyoncé.





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The sighting: Music legend Beyoncé graced the front cover of July’s British Vogue in a spectacularly dramatic look, featuring a bold red lip, a magnificent halo-like feathered hat, and a jaw-dropping stunner of a necklace.

The jewels: Queen Bey is wearing the magnificent Tiffany & Co. World’s Fair necklace, which features 353 round brilliant cut diamonds, 224 custom-cut baguette diamonds and the 80-plus carat Empire Diamond for a total diamond weight of over 100 carats.

The World’s Fair necklace is convertible: The Empire Diamond is removable and can also be worn as the center stone to a glamorous ring. Beyoncé isn’t wearing any other visible jewelry in the cover shot, which would normally displease me, but I do actually think this necklace needs no additional adornment.

The extraordinary World’s Fair design is an homage to an earlier Tiffany & Co. piece: The World of Tomorrow necklace, which was a spectacular Art Deco diamond necklace with a 200 carat aquamarine center stone that debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair. The 1939 necklace has a similar silhouette to the new World’s Fair necklace.

What do we think? If anyone deserves to wear legendary one-of-a-kind jewels for editorial shoots, it is Beyoncé. No one can radiate regal serenity like she can, and her untouchable panache pairs perfectly with this spectacular sparkler.

I’m so glad that Tiffany & Co. let this beauty out of the vault for the occasion. I love when serious celebrities choose serious jewelry, and I adore seeing iconic jewels worn, even if it’s just for a photoshoot.

Judgement: 16/10 for beauty on beauty on beauty.


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Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.



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