～To the Women of Eternal Radiance～
March, 2014: Platinum Guild International K.K. leader in marketing platinum jewellery (Tokyo, Japan, President Hisako Hankinson), found in a recent study that 70% of young females want a piece of platinum jewellery that reflects their own natural shine. As a celebration of today’s modern woman who shines in times of challenge and opportunity, PGI have used the unique properties of platinum to produce the Platinum Portrait, a unique and exquisite work of art.
A behind-the-scenes video story of the making of the piece will be launched on a dedicated web site on Tuesday March 4.（platinumsphereportrait.com)
“Platinum Jewellery Makes The Woman Shine”
Working with platinum jewellers and designers across the world, PGI have observed that a common theme unites every woman’s search for platinum jewellery – the desire to reflect her unique personality and inner shine. PGI’s Hisako Hankinson explains that ‘In a world where women face daily challenges we wanted to celebrate the inner beauty, strength and resource which empowers women to not only cope but to excel, to create their own path and define their own successes. We chose to create a unique artwork in platinum as its rarity and purity reflects and celebrates the wondrous essence of the woman’.
In creating a modern artwork PGI builds on the incredible heritage of platinum which has captured the imagination of the world’s best jewelers. The piece uses platinum’s natural whiteness to create a portrait of a woman who strives to keep shining from the inside. The story behind the piece’s creation opens up the wondrous and beautiful world of platinum.
“Platinum Portrait Brought To Life By Top Creators Of Japan ”
The Platinum Portrait project was realized thanks to the cooperation of various specialists including Japan’s leading creators and top jewelers. The Platinum Portrait uses almost 1 kg of platinum and is crafted using approximately 13,000platinum spheres ranging from 2 to 5mm in diameter. Estimated to be worth JPY 50 million, this work of art is a result of meticulous attention to detail and rigorous experimenting. It took more than a week for the four specialists to manually place each platinum sphere in the correct position to complete this work.
“An All Platinum Portrait”
An 1 kg platinum ingot is melted in a furnace with temperature exceeding 1700 degrees. Undergoing a proprietary process, the platinum is formed into individual spheres, giving off beautiful sparkle as it is polished. The innumerable spheres align themselves, and gradually, a portrait of a woman emerges. The idea for the first-ever platinum portrait was inspired by women’s desire to shine on forever, not just on the surface, but from deep within. What better medium to express this universal desire than platinum, a naturally white precious metal that doesn’t fade but continues to give off a natural glow.
“The Making-of Video Reveals The Creative Process”
The video showing the creation of the Platinum Portrait beautifully captures the creative process from platinum ingot to an amazing platinum sphere portrait. Please visit the special site to see the magnificence of the Platinum Portrait’s innumerable platinum spheres as they capture the light and ultimately reveal the unchanging beauty of the woman.
● “Platinum Sphere Portrait” Overview
Material : Platinum (Pt900) / 971.86g Pt ball / in total 12,658 pieces used
Resin / portrait base part
Size :998x 772 mm（With a frame）
808mm×582mm(Without a frame)
Market value : JPY 50 million / US$500,000 (not for sale)