A remarkable 1,100 diamonds are to be used in a portrait of The Queen to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Renowned master jewellers Asprey have donated the diamonds and are working with the specialist ‘light’ artist Chris Levine, who was also responsible for creating the famous hologram of The Queen ‘Equanimity’ back in 2004.
Using a combination of the diamonds and holographic-effect, Levine will re-create a portrait of The Queen wearing the crown she wore to her Coronation in June 1953.
The portrait, which is to be named the ‘Diamond Queen’, will go on display to the public in May 2012 and will be auctioned the following month. The auction will accordingly take place by sealed bid during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee official celebrations in June 2012.
The proceeds of the sale of this amazing artwork are to be divided between the Woodland Trust and The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
The Woodland Trust has announced that the money raised from the sale of the portrait will go towards the planting of the six million trees for the Jubilee Woods project.
An estimated 15 different sizes of diamonds will be used in the portrait, which on completion is likely to be the most expensive portrait of a monarch ever to have been commissioned.
For a range of artworks including Miniatures of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee online store here.
Image: Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, and The Duke of Edinburgh wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after The Queen’s Coronation, 2 June 1953.