Backes & Strauss, Gemfields Create Unique Piece For Harrods


Harrods_cpBackes & Strauss, the world’s oldest diamond company, and Gemfields, a supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, have created a one-of-a-kind diamond and emerald watch for Harrods.

The Harrods Princess, made exclusively for the luxury department store, is hand-set with 80 Gemfields Zambian emeralds and 241 natural diamonds for a total of 23.5 carats.

It will be unveiled at Harrods’ Fine Watch Room in the Biennale des Antiquaires exhibition scheduled for September 11 to 21.

“It gives me great pleasure to see our Zambian emeralds being used in such diverse ways and set by such fine craftsmen and who are able to showcase the inherent value contained within each and every gemstone,” Gemfields CEO Ian Harebottle said. “We look forward to creating future masterpieces with a company as highly regarded as Backes & Strauss.”

The “pièce unique” was crafted in Switzerland. Each Gemfields emerald has been carefully selected and cut specifically for the Harrods Princess to ensure depth and consistency of colour. It was then combined with Backes & Strauss’ signature diamonds.

The white gold case is set with ideal-cut diamonds to match the dial, and a beautifully engineered bracelet created from a series of hand-crafted links adorned with a further 136 diamonds and emeralds, alone weighing 18.6 carats.

“We are absolutely delighted to be collaborating with Gemfields. Backes & Strauss uses only the finest natural conflict-free diamonds and it was of utmost importance for us to find an equally discerning partner,” Backes & Strauss CEO Vartkess Knadjian said. “Their Zambian emeralds are among the finest, responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and the perfect complement to create the Harrods Princess. This ‘pièce unique’ underlines our credentials as bespoke craftsmen ready to rise to the challenges of our most demanding clients.”

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