Rock violin band FUSE has collaborated with British jewellery designer Theo Fennell and bespoke violin manufacturer Bridge to create the world’s first ever 24-carat gold-plated violins, adorned with ruby, sapphire and diamond encrusted golden skulls.
Individually handmade and exclusive to FUSE. These incredible works of art were launched to the world’s media at the Theo Fennell boutique, Chelsea, London.
FUSE is Ben Lee, the five times world-record holding fastest violinist and Linzi Stoppard, model and rock musician, the daughter-in-law of playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. A bespoke blend of carbon and kevlar was used to create each violin, making them light enough to off-set the weight of the gold plating. Both instruments have been insured for £1.35m.
Linzi Stoppard said: “Ben and I fly all over the world to play live, rock violin and in every destination we put on a spectacular show. The thrill of playing with these new gold violins is something I can’t describe. They are stunning works of art by one of Britain’s most renowned jewellers and because Bridge, the original makers of the violins have been involved from the outset, the integrity and sound of each instrument is maintained. Nothing is compromised.”
Ben Lee added: “The art and science involved to make each violin has blown us away. Entirely new and original components had to be designed for the instruments, plus new electronics have had to be engineered to counteract the conductive 24-carat gold. They are exceptional pieces that we will treasure.”
It has taken over nine months to create the world’s first ever golden violins, which will be unveiled at Theo Fennell’s Chelsea store later this month before they are taken on tour to America and Asia.
FUSE has just set another first, becoming the first string act to feature with the Royal philharmonic Orchestra with a James Bond themed musical collaboration at Henley this summer.
Although Linzi and Ben will insure each violin for £1.3m, these aren’t the most valuable objects to be insured by the band. In 2011, Ben Lee insured his “fastest fingers in the world” for £3m.
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