JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK
21 December 2017
No-one could accuse the Sultans’ jewellers of being unambitious. The Chelengk presented to Nelson after the Battle of the Nile makes the point. The turban jewel – the first ever presented to a non-Muslim – has a story all of its own. The sprays at the top represent the thirteen French ships captured by Nelson and the British fleet in the battle; the clustering enamelled flowers – each with a diamond in its centre – are set “en tremblant”, which means they are mounted on very fine gold wire, so that the flowers bob and “tremble” as the wearer walks. And the brilliant, crown-like cluster of diamonds in the middle has a clockwork mechanism, so that it turns to catch your eye, diamonds sparkling as they languidly rotate. Does anyone know the Turkish for bling? Because it looks like the Sultans invented it!
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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