Donald Edge unveils $2 million Chambord bottle
LONDON, September 22, 2009 – Designer Donald Edge last night unveiled a $2 million bejewelled Chambord bottle, encrusted in diamonds, pearls and gold, potentially the most valuable bottle in the world.
The bottle is helping Chambord promote the new stage adaptation of Chambord presents Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Anna Friel, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
At a heavily guarded cocktail event held as part of London Fashion Week at Somerset House on the Strand, Edge told a specially invited audience that the bottle reflected supreme artisanal skills and his desire to blend old and new in jewellery design.
“It demonstrates fine craftsmanship,” said Edge, who is best known for his custom-made jewellery creations for an elite clientele.
“My design ethos takes inspiration from the past and adds a contemporary element,” he said.
The bespoke, one-off, limited edition Chambord by Donald Edge bottle, worth over $2 million, features over 1,100 exquisite round brilliant cut diamonds, in addition to pear cut diamonds, a square cut emerald diamond, the finest round pearls and hand-wrought eighteen carat yellow gold.
Edge is a strong supporter of artisanal skills in jewellery design.
He told Jewellery Outlook that he laments the industry’s loss of skilled craftsmen.
“Jewellery setters are becoming taxi drivers. It’s very sad,” he said.
The Chambord bottle will be offered for sale privately and if it achieves its estimated value in excess of $2 million, it could be the world’s most valuable bottle listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
“I believe that we are looking at the world’s most valuable bottle. That’s a nice surprise for a Monday evening,” Edge said.