UAE & Chopard Support HRH Prince of Wales Charities Foundation
Heba Al Kharafi, recently appointed ambassador to HRH The Prince of Wales Charities Foundation in the Middle East, initiated a fund-raising auction for the Dubai ‘Dar El Ber’ Society, as well as ‘Traditional Arts’, with the additional objective of raising funds for the Prince’s Charities Foundation U.K. ‘Traditional Arts’ commissioned Chopard to produce several pieces from their ‘Arabesque Jewelry Collection’ for the auction, stamped with ‘His Royal Highness The Prince’s Charities’ emblem to endorse the cause, including a hand-finished yellow gold, diamond and sapphire necklace, ear clips, a pendant and a watch, all of which are unique, limited and exclusive.
Al Kharafi, representing ‘The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts’ and ‘The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts’, amongst others, commented, “Being a passionate supporter of traditional arts and what it can do to generate awareness, create tolerance and breed understanding across cultures and religions, I think it’s wonderful that we can generate money for worthy causes by auctioning jewelry inspired and created using traditional art methods. We are hoping that the auction will prove that traditional art is not just aesthetically pleasing, but can be used to do good for others, as well.”
The Arabesque Jewellery Collection pieces up for auction were designed by a student from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales School of Traditional Arts in London, Lisa Delong and produced by Chopard. The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts was developed by the Prince of Wales in 1986 as an educational charity to ensure the design traditions of the world’s cultures continue to thrive and prosper.
The reserve is reported to commence at $750,000, auctioned by Sotheby’s auctioneer Joanna Hardy, with 30 years of experience in the jewelry trade to encompass jewelry designer, diamond grader, diamond dealer and as a diamond, gem and period jewelry valuer at Philip’s auction house.