While jewellery design has evolved over the centuries, the paint-up has remained the quiet master of the jewel. It is the pivotal bond that ensures the designer’s aspiration is conveyed to the masterful hands of the craftsman, a partnership that has been long standing in the creation of fine jewels. In celebration of Masters of Design, an exhibition that pays homage to the art of jewellery design, Sotheby’s Diamonds takes a moment to consider the importance of the creation of the jewel, which begins with the drawing; the very foundation of design. Click ahead to see some of Sotheby’s Diamonds jewels go from drawing to finished product.
18 February-8 March | London