Queen's Jewels

Friday, 26 October 2012

As mentioned in our recent post, Anzu is proud to be taking part in the Mitsukoshi Design Tide event, featuring work by designers on a Royal theme. This is our Queen's Jewels limited edition print, which is hand-decorated with lots of sparkly Swarovski crystals.

 We were inspired by particular pieces of royal jewellery from across the world. This is the Cambridge Lover's knot tiara, of neo-classical design and featuring large oriental pearl drops. The tiara was originally created in 1914 and was given by the Queen to Princess Diana as a wedding present.

Princess Soraya, a former film star, wore the emerald and diamond necklace featured in our painting on her wedding to the Shah of Iran.

Another piece from the Iranian royal jewellery collection.

The Swedish family own this pink topaz demi-parure, originally a gift from Paul I of Russia, created from the finest Russian pink topazes.

Queen Silvia of Sweden wore it to the wedding of her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria.

This cameo and ruby bracelet is the only confirmed piece of jewellery that belonged to Marie Antoinette. All the rest are missing or have been broken down and the stones re-set. Marie Antoinette brought this bracelet with her from Austria at the time of her marriage.

For the general feel of the Anzu Queen's jewels print, we were inspired by Marie Antoinette, particularly the colour palette and the femininity and delicacy as seen in portraits and her salon at Versailles. The fantastic Assouline Queen's Jewels book was also great inspiration, click here to view and buy.

The last photo was amongst a beautiful set of Versailles ones on a blog, but I can't remember which one, sorry!

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