Masterpiece London has become one of the ‘Must Attend’ events of the Summer calendar in London and it opened its doors last night for the preview in the grounds of the Royal Hospital for its 8th edition. It was gloriously attended and before the 9 o’clock closing bell sounded there were a satisfactory number of red stickers alongside the goods of dealers across the board.
The jewellery was as bling and extravagant as one has come to expect at this event. The main trend this season seems to have been a move towards the more substantial, gold pieces of the 1960s and 70s- pieces from that period are becoming increasingly sought after and therefore more collectable. Prices for these are still relatively reasonable and should prove to be a good investment in the years to come.
My top 5 jewels, however, are more theatrical in style and in my view reflect a perfect combination of craftsmanship and materials. They are:
1. For Legendary Status: JAR Necklace exhibited by Symbolic and Chase
Symbolic and Chase have been winning the Masterpiece jewellery prize for some years now and 2017 is no exception. They have carried off the prize yet again with this legendary necklace created as a bespoke piece by JAR. It features a 114.65 diamond, the largest certified fancy vivid yellow old-cut cushion shaped diamond in the world. Photographs do not do this piece justice; the third strand of pearls and diamond and emerald beads reaches below the knees.
2. For Sheer Bling: Ruby and Diamond Cuff by Chatila
3. For Wearability: Pearl and Diamond Earrings by Hemmerle
I am a sucker for Indian inspired jewellery and these earrings by Hemmerle are no exception. Elegant and understated, these would look just as good with a little black jacket as with a magnificent ballgown.
4. For Inventiveness: Earrings by Wallace Chan
Wallace Chan’s jewels for me convey a dreamlike quality unmatched by any other jeweller. His combination of colour and materials never ceases to amaze me and these earrings inspired by the sea in emeralds, coloured diamonds and conch shells, set in coloured aluminium are no exception.
5. For Old School Grandeur: Chatelaine by S.J. Phillips
A piece that reflects the pinnacle of goldsmithing and jewellery skills of the 18th and 19th centuries. Each of the elements on the chatelaine is a masterpiece in its own right, from the 18th century diamond fob watch to the diamond and enamel Imperial Crown seal handle.
Masterpiece London is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London; 29th June-3rd July 2017. For further details visit www.masterpiecelondon.com