Bentley & Skinner collaborated with Damien Hirst to produce his masterpiece, ‘For the Love of God’. This unique work of art is a faithful copy of an original human skull, cast in 2,156 grams of platinum and set with 8,601 perfect diamonds. This is the largest diamond piece to be commissioned since the Crown Jewels. It is set with 1,106.18 carats of the finest quality ethically-sourced brilliant-cut diamonds.
The forehead of the skull is mounted with a magnificent internally flawless light fancy pink pear-shaped brilliant-cut diamond weighing 52.40 carats, surrounded by fourteen D flawless white brilliant-cut pear-shaped diamonds, weighing a total of 37.81 carats. The work bears the signature of Damien Hirst and the London platinum hallmark of 2007.
Paris Vogue, April 2018 issue
Photographer: Alasdair McLellan
Model: Edie Campbell
Paul Smith’s latest collection was inspired by a jewellery catalogue that dropped through his letterbox.
The Brisish designer said he fell in love with the antique pieces in the brochure from Mayfair jeweller Bentley & Skinner.
UK fashion designer Paul Smith often finds inspiration for his apparel lines close to home. Most recently he didn’t even have to leave his house as this time inspiration arrived by mail in the form of a catalog from London antiques jeweller, Bentley & Skinner.
When the Bentley & Skinner Compendium of Jewellery dropped through Paul Smith’s letter box, the graphic layout of the London-based specialist’s Victorian brooch collection caught the designer’s eye. ‘I just thought “Wow, these photos would make a perfect print”’. A collaboration ensued, and the pattern is a high point in Smith’s A/W 2018 collection. Discover how this gem of an idea took shape…