Harrods has been commissioning big-name jewellers and labels to create crowns fit for the British queen, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year.
The crowns, which have been created by Amrapali, Boucheron, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co, Mullberry, Paul Smith, Farragamo and Lanvin and the like, are part of the luxury department store’s Royal Jubilee display till June 15.
Amrapali already stocks it’s jewellery in Harrods’ Fine Jewellery Room and has a long-standing association with Harrods Teas. “That’s how are association came about,” says Tarang Arora, designer and head of Amrapali’s international operations.
He adds that his team was given a base metal skeleton of the Queen’s coronation crown, which they then had to build up. Amrapali chose to work with two themes – the tradition of tea and India’s ‘long-standing and intertwined relationship with the UK’.
So of course influences from the British Raj have found their way onto the crown as have traditional Indian symbols. That’s why the gold-plated crown features two trumpeting Indian elephant and a tea pot, “which, firstly, is an obvious connection with our collaborators, but more importantly a great Indian export, which has become quintessentially British as well,” says Arora.
Click here to see other special editions made to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
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