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William & Son and the National Portrait Gallery

23rd Feb 2017

We are proud to announce our patronage of the National Portrait Gallery, and lead sponsorship of the forthcoming Portrait Gala as part of an ongoing commitment to the arts. In celebration of this collaboration our in-house designers created the Gala Jewellery Collection.

The National Portrait Gallery has been collecting portraits of individuals who have made a significant contributions to British life and history since 1856. British craftsmanship is at the heart of all that William & Son do, therefore the support of this exclusive event is of the highest importance. Founder and patron of the arts, William Asprey comments:

“Portraiture explores the nature of Humanity in a way that other art forms find hard to beat, by capturing the never-ending array of facial expressions which raise questions in the viewers’ minds which can never be answered. It makes human subjects live forever through a timeless form of representation. The National Portrait Gallery, with its extensive collection of portraits and the visiting exhibitions gives us all a wonderful insight into past and present lives and makes us question where we have been and where we are going. Therefore, we are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the National Portrait Gallery, to support this important process of education.”

Taking place on Tuesday 28th March 2017, the Portrait Gala will help raise invaluable monies towards the National Portrait Gallery, as well as initiatives which include Coming Home, a project that will make possible the temporary loan of portraits of iconic individuals to places of significance to them, such as Sir Walker Raleigh whose portrait will return to Dorset, the Bronte Sisters to Yorkshire, and David Beckham to Essex.

The Gala Jewellery Collection features a unique jewellery set, designed by our in-house designers and handcrafted in our British workshops. The necklace features a remarkable, oval aquamarine centre stone of 20.62 carats while the earring set features perfectly matching cushion-cut aquamarine stones totalling 13.71 carats. The ethically sourced aquamarine centre stones are surrounded by 11.83 carats of baguette cut diamonds, drawing inspiration from Elizabethan ruffs, symbols of the power and social status of the monarch represented in portraiture of this era.

The notable ‘Ditchley Portrait’ of Queen Elizabeth I by Marcus Gheeraerts which hangs in the Tudor Gallery of the National Portrait Gallery, sparked the idea of William & Son’s Gala jewellery set, with the ruff collar resembling beams of the sun, important symbol of the monarch.


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