To mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, Asprey partnered with acclaimed light artist and John Jones client Chris Levine to create a new work entitled ‘The Diamond Queen’. The piece featured Levine’s seminal 2004 portrait of the Queen 'Equanimity', commissioned by The Jersey Heritage Trust, and a recreation of the Queen’s diadem worn at her coronation in 1953. The diadem includes 1000 white diamonds set in platinum by Asprey craftsmen, and the result is a ‘luminescent installation’.
Our British craftspeople were delighted to produce the frame design to present and protect this striking artwork. The mount board, fillets and frame backing have all been produced using jet black archival materials, selected to emphasise the sparkling diamonds of the diadem. The hand-made frame has been finished with traditional gesso techniques and white gold gilding, burnished to a bright, gleaming appearance. These luxurious finishes add to the opulence and grandeur of the artwork, and complement the majestic setting of the Asprey store.
The entire piece was assembled onsite by John Jones art installation technicians, who used museum quality techniques to safely fit the diadem within the artwork, assemble the frame and hang the piece at the Asprey flagship store on New Bond Street.
John Jones were pleased to create a frame design which expresses the same commitment to craft and aesthetic beauty that Asprey look to achieve through their jewellery design.
Asprey, 167 New Bond Street, London
The Diamond Queen - Chris Levine