Australian designer John Calleija has created an exquisite work of art titled “Majestic Light” that was shown at Kensington Palace for a royal exhibition titled “Out of The Vault – Pink Diamonds and Royalty.” The exhibition celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and was an exclusive Argyle Pink Diamond exhibition for the world’s key opinion formers and the luxury press to admire the beautiful Australian Argyle pink diamonds. The event was hosted in a setting fit for royalty and for the most intriguing tales of Argyle pink diamonds to be heard.
“Majestic Light” features almost a quarter of a kilo of solid platinum and consists of exactly 749 pink and white diamonds. The work of art is complimented by an exquisite wearable pink diamond ring that detaches from the base of the sculpture. The creation itself can only be opened and brought to life by a beautiful $30,000 Calleija key featuring Australian Argyle Pink Diamonds and Australian blue sapphires, which carefully aligns into its own bespoke marquetry Macassar wood display case.
John’s design inspiration for the stunning ring at the base of the sculpture came from the original coronation crown worn in 1953 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The elegant wearable pink diamond ring that sits at the base features exactly 60 round brilliant cut pink diamonds. Two fabulous pear shaped pink diamonds that total exactly 0.60 points are also set into the ring. “We chose these precise numbers to celebrate the sixty year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I sought to create a piece that would embody and radiate beauty, rarity. I wanted to push our creative design to pay homage to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.” said Mr. Calleija.
“Majestic Light” is a bejewelled sculpture that is a truly magnificent creation that moves in continuous motion while sparkling and sharing its light with the viewer. It is John’s first foray into the world of sculpture and the creation is the first of many pieces. His ambition with this project was to symbolize the special relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her people. “I really wanted to pay respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with a piece of art that captivates the viewer. I wanted to focus on featuring pink Argyle diamonds and the special relationship that these beautiful jewels have played in royal occasions.” said John Calleija.