When the NED, a 5 star hotel and member’s club re-opened a couple of years ago in London, it had a spectacular vault in the basement.  Midlands Bank had been the previous owner and I remember going to a delightful lunch hosted by jewellers Garrard in that vault which gave me the germ of an idea regarding a fashion shoot.  Stylist Olivia called in the clothes and I concentrated on the jewellery with a stunning eleven-line diamond necklace from De Beers being the guest of honour.

White diamonds used to be frowned on in the day because they were originally thought to come alive by candle light but I’m no fan of saving things for best and in this shoot I like the fact that the models are wearing heavy duty jewels for breakfast.

Jewellery Arpeggia eleven-line diamond necklace, De Beers, POA

Pirouette bracelet with diamonds set in 18k white gold, David Morris, POA

Fashion Black stretch-wool tuxedo jacket, Ralph Lauren Collection, £1,870

Creative Team Jewellery Stylist: Melanie Grant, Fashion Stylist: Olivia Pomp, Photographer: Matthew Donaldson, Hair: Tim Crespin, Makeup: Ruby Hammer, Model: Dione Tabbers at Models 1, Assistants: Alice Fisher and Felicity Gray.

Photographed for 1843 magazine at The Economist in November 2017.


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