At this point, platinum was largely replaced by yellow gold in the bombe ring design, as the prominent jewellery styles drew influence from Hollywood glamour (an aesthetic that favoured yellow gold, often heavily ornamented with diamonds and other gemstones).
Designers such as Tiffany & Co played an important part in the surge of popularity of bombe rings. They set their bombe ring designs with a multitude of small gemstones, covering the entire curved surface of the ring.
Diamond Bombe Rings
Naturally, diamonds were a popular choice for decorating bombe rings, given their unmistakeable glistening beauty. Diamonds have been incorporated into every form of jewellery and accessor, with bombe rings being no exception. As bombe rings were a popular choice for those looking for statement engagement rings, diamonds are an obvious choice for accenting the jewellery. Popular setting styles at the time such as the pavé setting were perfect for diamond bombe rings, allowing for smaller diamonds to be used together to create an impressive overall piece of jewellery.
Edwardian advents in jewellery craftsmanship also meant that platinum was in greater supply and stronger than it had previously been. This high-quality platinum was used to make jewellery that could afford to be more delicate and intricate than that which came before it, leading to some stand-out jewellery pieces that are still in exceptional condition today. For the bombe ring style, this means that there are many examples of rings crafted with strong enough platinum that they securely hold a plethora of diamonds. Bombe rings are a highly sought-after statement ring for these exact reasons.
How to style a bombe ring
Today, bombe rings are still a popular choice of jewellery, especially for those striving for the glamourous vintage aesthetic. By their nature, bombe rings are showstoppers, so they work wonderfully as standalone pieces - especially if you opt for an elaborate vintage gemstone design or a dazzling platinum Art Deco piece.
However, more refined bombe rings, such as those ornamented with pave set diamonds, work wonderfully as an eye-catching engagement ring and will look fabulous when paired with other, more simple bands of the same metal colour.