This unique and lavish chess set radiates pure opulence through the finest quality materials, design and workmanship. Hand crafted with a regal look and feel the Pearl Royale is symbolic in its design to the renown 1849 Staunton standard chess set. Limited-Edition with only three sets ever being created, each hallmarked, numbered and authenticated by the artist.
Each solid 18k white gold chess piece is painstakingly pave’ set with the highest quality fine diamonds, AAA South Sea pearls and Ceylon Blue sapphires, sitting atop a crystal glass board embellished with solid 18k white gold, South Sea pearl and fine diamond set corners. The underside of each piece is intricately designed and channel set with the same quality fine diamonds and finished with smooth polished edges to glide effortlessly across the crystal glass board.
Crafted as part of the Limited-Edition Pearl Royale contemporary art series, this exquisite chess set is sure to be realized as one of the world’s finest jewelry art works ever created.
As a young child I regularly played chess with my cousins so my parents gave me a beautiful Staunton chess set which I really loved. Growing up in the 60’s & 70’s my generation was exposed to Hollywood movies of epic battles and it was popular for us kids to have collections of toy soldiers, which made chess a popular game as it embodied the same spirit and challenge we saw in these epic battles. Thinking back on those fun times I found myself drawn to the idea of creating the world’s most beautiful chess set and in 2008 I finally put pen to paper to commence the design. At the time I was doing a lot of creative work with exquisite South Sea pearls, so they became the inspiration within my design to embody the heads of each piece and bring life to the characters. It was perfect as I could use both black and white pearls to define each side of the chess set. It was also important for my design to be Staunton inspired as this has been the standard for chess sets since 1849 and the only chess sets allowed in world championships. I wanted to create the most beautiful chess set within this royal standard and it had to be dressed in all its regalia with the world’s most beautiful diamonds and rich blue sapphires fit for a king and queen. My dream was to create the world’s finest chess set for the world’s greatest players to do battle — Colin Burn