This magnificent artisan - finished book contains exceptional original photography celebrating the Highlands of Scotland and has been created over a 16 - year period.
The book will be an astonishing visual delight, comprised of over 250 image driven (35cms by 40cms) pages, printed in a landscape format, with double page spreads measuring 35cms by 80cms. Included in this are 14 half-gatefolds placed throughout the book, when opened these measure 35cms by 103cms. Our aim is to have the book exquisitely produced and published, using the finest quality materials and specialist techniques. The greatest care and attention will be paid to every detail, at each stage of the production process. Quite simply this book will be a work of art.
"As day recedes and rest beckons, the sky lights up with its own blue cloud - tartan, heralding the rise of a vast Harvest Moon." Roberta Edwards
SPLENDOUR MYSTERY & MAGICK
Welcome to Splendour Mystery & Magick, the story line for this beautiful book centres around a magnificent Ball and is told through a selection of intriguing stories featuring some of the characters who have been invited.
It begins with an invitation
Met-a-Ascension, the most elusive society in the world have sent out invitations to their magnificent Event Horizon Ball, held once every thirteen years. Each invitation is unique, the only thing they have in common is that they are all completely secret.
Each person or creature chosen to attend knows only that they have been invited, they have no idea who else will be present.
The method for sending and receiving these invitations varies greatly and it goes without saying all who have been invited, accept.
To attend the Ball each of the invitees has to follow the instructions on their invitations. They must arrive in disguise, wearing a mask and costume and they must also bring with them a special gift. The gifts do not have to be valuable, but whichever gift is chosen it has to be something that is considered personal and precious to the bearer. These gifts along with their invitations allow them entry to the Ball.
Dreams Of Diamonds is one of the most spectacular books to be published in recent times and is acknowledged as an outstanding work of art.
“Diamonds have always been credited with great spiritual clarity, their brilliance and hardness symbolic of the human soul and higher self. Each diamond is unique, waiting within the rough stone to be set free. Allegorically each one of us is unique, once we realise this and explore the process of individuation we enter into our true selves.” Dreams Of Diamonds extract from Forward
The beautiful collection of work you see before you Treasures Of The Sea comprises of eleven unique Polaroid Transfer and Emulsion Lift images. Each one has been bejewelled with Swarovski crystal and five of the images have also been bordered with 24 carat rose, yellow and antique gold leaf. This collection has been a true labour of love. In the late summer of 2017 after nearly 25 years from creating the image to attaching the last crystal Treasures Of The Sea was finally completed and ready to present to the world.
The VIP Collection will expand over the coming weeks and months and will feature a selection of some of the finest diamonds and jewellery we have been privileged to photograph throughout our career.
THE MILLENNIUM STAR
In 1999 we photographed this fabulous diamond for the special Centurions Promotion for Tatler, Conde Nast. Timothy Rennie was the Art Director and we shot the stone in the inner sanctum of DTC (Diamond Trading Company) just down the from our studio. Without a doubt it was the most beautiful diamond we have ever seen.
The diamond was uncovered in the early 1990s and began life as a huge 777-carat rough. It was designed and cut by Diacore over an intense three year period. The finished stone is a spectacular classic pear-shape, weighing 203.04 carats. The Millennium Star is one of the most magnificent diamonds of all time, to hold it is literally to hold history in your hand.
The Millennium Star and The Midnight Collection of blue diamonds are known as 'The Millennium Collection' and they made their world debut in London in the millennial year, as the main exhibit in an exclusive exhibition held at the famous Millennium Dome.
"Everything you want is a dream away. Under this pressure, under this weight, we are diamonds taking shape" CHRIS MARTIN, COLD PLAY
The GIA museum’s “Dreams of Diamonds” exhibit featured more than 4,000 carats of diamonds, and marked the U.S. debut of Alastair Laidlaw and Christine Marsden’s like-named book – a 160-page, 33-lb. tome. Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA
The GIA museum’s glittering “Dreams of Diamonds” exhibit drew a record-breaking number of guests to the Institute’s Carlsbad campus for two weeks in May 2015, with more than 1,000 members of the public, trade and press attending the once-in-a-lifetime display.The exhibit, which featured more than 4,000 carats of diamonds, celebrated the mystique of a gemstone that continues to fascinate gemologists and inspire designers and artists around the world. It also marked the U.S. debut of “Dreams of Diamonds,” a 160-page tome that, at 33 pounds and approximately three feet wide when open, is the largest book ever published on the subject.
“The creators of ‘Dreams of Diamonds’ were able to capture extraordinary diamond pieces in enchanting, ethereal settings,” says GIA Museum Curator Terri Ottaway, adding that the book and exhibit were “an ode to the wondrous world of diamonds.”
The team behind the book, British photographers Alastair Laidlaw and Christine Marsden, showcase images of loose diamonds and diamond jewelry in fantastic, dreamy settings. The diamonds – many of which were graded by the GIA laboratory – and jewelry in the book represent the work of a dozen of the most venerated designers and diamond houses in the world.Ottaway, along with McKenzie Santimer, manager of museum exhibits, showcased the oversized book in the Carlsbad campus rotunda, filling the surrounding display cases with 25 spectacular pieces of diamond jewelry. Seven of the book’s international contributors, including Adler, Chatila, Chow Tai Fook, Diacore, Diarough, Mouawad and MUNNU The Gem Palace, loaned their jewelry pieces for the exhibit.
The displays ranged from simple to intricate, including an exceptional 50-carat D flawless diamond on a rotating base and a stunning sautoir made from 1,400 carats of diamond crystals and polished gems.
“It was the highest-value exhibition we’ve ever had, and it was overwhelming in popularity,” says Santimer, who said that visitors from the public and gem and jewelry trade came from all over Southern California. The exhibit, which opened with an invitation-only gala on April 29, even generated buzz on campus, where staff and students are accustomed to walking past beautiful displays of gems and jewelry every day.
“The students were floored,” Santimer said. “It’s pretty surreal to experience such a unique exhibit dedicated to diamonds while you’re studying at GIA, the creators of the 4Cs. It was a wonderful mix of diamonds, from 300-year-old diamond jewelry from the Mughal period to innovative, present-day cuts and tiaras. There were gold boots encrusted with more than 38,000 diamonds and fabulous colored diamonds, including a 54-carat Fancy Intense yellow diamond.”
Though the exhibition had a short run, GIA visitors will still be able to enjoy the heart of the exhibit in the Richard T. Liddicoat
Gemological Library and Information Center. Laidlaw and Marsden donated two copies of the book, valued at $10,000 each,
to the library’s collection. One copy is housed in the library’s Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archive; the other is available by appointment for public reference and viewing.
“We are so grateful to Alastair and Christine, who took six years to create this remarkable work of art,” says Library Director Dona Dirlam. “The book has already become a favorite highlight of the tour for our visitors, and the oversized photos are making it possible for GIA students to see a level of detail and craftsmanship that is rare. ‘Dreams of Diamonds’ is truly a special, valued addition to our collection.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jaime Kautsky, a contributing writer, is a GIA Diamonds Graduate and GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional and was an associate editor of The Loupe magazine.
A small selection of images from our commercial portfolios.