Karl Lagerfeld has created a luxury diamond collar to be showcased in an exhibition celebrating the British Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
The fashion icon chose to design the accessory because it represents both his love of high collars and his androgynous aesthetic perfectly.
Valued at $45,000, the creation is made from black leather and embellished with 40 carats of black diamonds and a 22.33-carat emerald center-piece set in black rhodium-plated silver.
“I’m renowned for my love of a high collar and I wanted to create a true collector’s item with this one-off piece,” Lagerfeld told Vogue.co.uk. “Merging the masculine with the feminine and uniting the world of fine jewelry and high fashion, to me this collar is a work of art and a real show-stopper.”
Lagerfeld also donated a hand-signed sketch of the exclusive piece.
Both items will be exhibited in a collection called Brilliant, which is curated by Vogue jewelry editor Carol Woolton.
The exhibition will be a part of the Masterpiece London Fair in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign, which is taking place at London’s Royal Hospital from June 28 until July 27 2012.