London (PRWEB UK) 6 July 2011
Last Thursday saw Jay Jopling host an intimate evening in celebration of Daphne Guinness and Shaun Leane’s one-of-a kind collaboration; The Glove.
A diamond set armour-inspired piece that has spent five years in the making by the award-winning jewellery designer.
The Glove is perhaps one of the most technically advanced pieces in the world of artisan jewellery; In 18ct white gold, Contra Mundum or ‘against the world’ combines an armour-like structure with the aesthetics of an evening glove, made in either lace or silk.
The piece is made up of more than a thousand grams of gold and is set with over 5,000 pavé white diamonds. Striking diamond birds cascade around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight. The hand is protected with a bold metal cuff, hand-forged and beautifully engraved.
Made in two parts, the cuff can be worn alone as a hand glove, or extended into an evening glove. Every detail in the piece, including the chainmail, has been carefully constructed by hand to ensure a perfect fit to Daphne’s arm.
The exclusive launch was attended by Tom Ford, Suzy Menkes, Lily Cole, Livia Firth and Alexander McQueen’s Creative Director Sarah Burton. Guests watched Daphne’s beautiful presentation of the piece - dressed in the bespoke glove and shrouded in white silk tulle, her lie-in state symbolised the concept of the objet d’art; Sir Thomas Malory’s compilation of the legendary tales of the Knights of the Round Table.
As the evening drew to a close, guests were presented with a gift bag containing a solitaire diamond and a beautiful message signed by Shaun and Daphne as a remembrance of a beautiful summer evening.
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