The Portland Miniatures Exhibition


Antique natural pearl and diamond necklace
Antique natural pearl and diamond necklace, circa 1880.
Ref: 15108

Thursday 24th May 2018

The ‘Portland Miniatures’ exhibition at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck is running currently until 1st October 2018, showcasing works of art which have been hand selected by the jewellery designer JAR aka Joel Arthur Rosenthal. Labelled "the Faberge of our time.", JAR’s legendary and creative jewellery designs are inspirational, and have given him a unique perspective from which to select the finest and most intriguing of the Portland Collection’s treasures.

The Portland Collection, amassed by the Dukes of Portland and their families over the centuries, is one of the most outstanding aristocratic collections of England, encompassing portraiture, Stuart memorabilia, miniatures, items of royal provenance and exquisite jewellery.

Two highlights of the collection are the historically important and rare natural pearl single earring worn by Charles I. This jewel was his statement piece of jewellery, worn in nearly every portrait of him from the age of fifteen onwards. The King would not even be parted from his iconic jewel at his execution and in 1649 the earring was worn as he placed his head on the block for beheading.

Another superb piece from the Collection is the Portland Tiara which was made in 1902 by the renowned jewellery house Cartier. Commissioned by the 6th Duke of Portland for his wife, this impressive diamond set tiara was worn by Lady Portland who was one of the canopy bearers for Queen Alexandra at her coronation and can also be seen in several of de Laslo’s portraits.

For jewels good enough for royalty or aristocracy, visit Berganza to see the very finest pieces of jewellery from the ancient world through to the antique and vintage periods.

gold sapphire Fleur de lys ring berganza hatton garden
Post medieval sapphire fleur-de-lis ring, circa 16th century.
Ref: 23311
Old mine cushion shape diamond earrings berganza hatton garden
Old mine cushion shape diamond stud earrings, circa 1920.
Ref: 18445
antique Cartier Diamond bow brooch hatton garden berganza
Cartier antique diamond bow brooch, circa 1910.
Ref: 23785
Padparadscha sapphire diamond ring berganza hatton garden
Padparadscha sapphire and diamond coronet cluster ring, circa 1915.
Ref: 24207
Antique diamond necklace berganza hatton garden
Antique diamond necklace, circa 1880.
Ref: 24211
Georges Fouquet diamond bracelet berganza hatton garden
Georges Fouquet diamond bracelet, French, circa 1920.
Ref: 24238
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