In February 2010, a meeting took place at the workshop of Dulong Fine Jewelry, which marked the beginning of one of the most comprehensive jewellery projects of this century.
The remarkable and historic Royal Ruby Parure was entrusted to Anja Camilla Alajdi, Marianne Dulong and the two expert goldsmiths of the Dulong Fine Jewelry workshop. In the course of the next two years, this team restored and adapted the ruby parure with subtle carefulness and endless respect.
The process was documented by photographer Sarah Lindbæk and author Nina Hald. Nina Hald has previously published three books about pearls and diamonds and now the book Eventyrlige Rubiner (Divine Rubies), about the amazing work on the royal ruby parure, has hit the stores as well.
The book opens up to a fascinating insight into the craftsmanship of the goldsmiths, when they restore the set to its former glory and create an ideal fit for HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark. Furthermore, the book details the historic context of the ruby parure’s origin of creation. A time when every woman of standing would order extensive jewellery sets in accordance with the fashion at court. The author also introduces us to the gemstones themselves and their characteristics and symbolic values.
The book is available from our two flagship stores in Copenhagen, selected Dulong Fine Jewelry dealers in Denmark and from on our webshop.Buy the book Divine Rubies
Klaus Kromann has more than 30 years of jewelry craftsmanship experience. He has worked as Head goldsmith at Dulong Fine Jewelry since 2007.
“The biggest challenge, when it comes to working on the ruby parure, was to preserve the original piece as it was, whilst fulfilling the change requests. The parure is an old, delicate piece of craftsmanship, which was created long before electricity, gas and power driven machines. You can only marvel at what they were capable of at the time and be careful not to change more than absolutely necessary. The most challenging thing was to treat it as a usual, although demanding, project; you just had to draw on your experience and proceed with the work. It has entailed precise planning, preparation and perfect execution with no room for error.
I feel mostly proud and pleased about my work, when a project, such as the restoration of the ruby parure, is successfully completed, delivered and approved. We create beautiful pieces, which are meant to provide joy. When we succeed at this, the mission is accomplished.”
Per Dirksen, goldsmith at Dulong Fine Jewelry, has more than 30 years of experience with jewelry craftsmanship.
“Working on the ruby parure is definitely one of the highlights of my career. It was a privilege to work with. Naturally, it was gratifying to carry out the changes and improve the fit, but I was especially proud to contribute to the addition of new pieces. I am incredibly proud to have been chosen to work with the ruby parure. However, it is not just the big projects that bring me joy - I find pride in the everyday work.
The most challenging part of this project was to handle the many different facets of the project – and especially the addition of new pieces. Each piece of jewellery had to be carefully analysed in order to ‘read’ the gold colours and the old techniques correctly. Some parts had to be removed, new technical details were implemented and the shape and form had to be adapted to the original pieces. It takes a firm confidence in your own abilities to accept such a challenge.”