Masterpiece London: Truly Brilliant
Vogue jewelry editor Carol Woolton is putting her expertise to good use by curating a diamond exhibition - Brilliant - which will launch as part of the annual Masterpiece London fair, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. Highlights are set to include a black diamond and emerald collar by Karl Lagerfeld and a pair of shoes adorned with diamonds and feathers by Bruno Frisoni for Roger Vivier – both created especially for the exhibition – as well as pieces such as the Diamond Queen light installation and diadem by Asprey and Chris Levine and a striking diamond chandelier by Solange Azagury Partridge.
Karl Lagerfeld has designed a unique black diamond and emerald collar priced at £29,000 for a new exhibition –dailymail.co.uk + photo
A sketch of the diamond-adorned shoes that Bruno Frisoni has created for the exhibition. ‘A Queen Forever' courtesy of Roger Vivier: In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, Bruno Frisoni, Creative Director of Roger Vivier, has created an original shoe inspired by the original Roger Vivier shoes designed for the Queen's 1953 coronation. The result is a shoe that might as well be taken to the Tower of London to be kept with the Crown Jewels. 'A Queen Forever' is totally hand-crafted and created in a collaboration with the East India company. Over 4000 cut diamonds are incrusted in an intricate setting shaped like the iconic fleur-de-lys that decorates the St Edward Crown and the Imperial State Crown worn by the Queen. All framed by black satin and jet feathers. –vogue.co.uk, knowwear.co.uk
“Masterpiece London already has the best of antique diamonds on show but this was a way to add contemporary diamond design into the fair,” Woolton told us. “Diamonds have something magical about them – it’s hard to define, but you recognize it when you see it. When this magic and ephemeral sparkle is combined with a strong design then I believe something of great power is created.”
And it isn’t just jewelry on offer – the exhibition will see diamonds used in a host of new and exciting ways.
The Queen's famous diamond diadem. The Diamond Diadem is one of the Queen's most widely recognized pieces of jewelry and can also be seen on some banknotes and coins. Set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, including a four-carat pale yellow brilliant, it consists of a band with two rows of pearls either side of a row of diamonds, above which are diamonds set in the form of a rose, a thistle and two shamrocks - the national emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland. Despite its feminine associations it was made for the famously extravagant coronation of George IV in 1821 at a cost of more than £8,000. –dailymail.co.uk + photo
Asprey teamed up with acclaimed light artist Chris Levine to create "The Diamond Queen," an evocative portrait of the monarch which features a real tiara made up of 1,000 diamonds. It is based on Levine's seminal 2004 Queen portrait "Equanimity." The tiara is an Asprey re-creation of the Queen's diamond diadem which she wore on the way to her coronation in 1953. –cnn.com, photo courtesy of dailymail.co.uk
“Brilliant will have diamond art works, diamond set pieces for the home, diamond tattooed leather as fashion pieces redefining the way we will wear diamonds and their role in our artistic life,” said Woolton. “The incredible designers and fine jewelry houses taking part in the show are giving these billion-year-old fragments from the earth a whole new vision of modernity.”
Masterpiece London will take place from June 28 – July 4 (with a preview on June 27) at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3. Tickets are available atwww.masterpiecefair.com. –vogue.co.uk
Bird Cage Earrings from the Caged Beauty Collection by Bochic designed by David Joseph (price upon request). Carved mammoth birds encased in Diamonds and Oxidized Gold –www.bochic.com, photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Bochic
Diamond Chandelier by Solange Azagury Partridge --robbreport.com photo