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Met Gala 2021: Rihanna’s ‘Rebel Black Ring’ has a cultural significance; find out

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Rihanna is the queen of red carpets. The singer made heads turn with her recent appearance at the Met Gala 2021, wherein she wore a stunning Balenciaga overcoat and matching hat. Her all-black look was customised by Demna Gvasalia; it comprised voluminous ruffles. She walked in with rumoured boyfriend ASAP Rocky, who also wore a dramatic piece -- a quilt-inspired look by ERL.

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But, it was a particular accessory of hers which made news. In an Instagram post, fine arts company Sotheby's explained that the 33-year-old singer wore the ‘Rebel Black Ring’ by Thelma West diamonds, which "is a highlight from our upcoming show Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance – the first-ever selling exhibition dedicated to Black jewelry designers, which opens to the public this Friday".

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On its website, Sotheby's stated that Brilliant and Black: A Jewelry Renaissance will open to the public in New York from September 17-26, and will feature approximately 60 pieces by 21 of the world’s leading Black jewellery designers, "including custom-made jewels and signature designs spanning a range of periods and styles from the 1950s to the present day".

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"Pieces in the show will be available for purchase, either in person, or directly through our Buy Now online marketplace from 17 September through 10 October," the Instagram caption mentioned.

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The exhibition is understood to have been curated in partnership with writer, author and stylist Melanie Grant. Prices range anywhere between $1,500 to $1 million.

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