Hatty Pedder in Dubai

Dubai-based artist Hatty Pedder shares her latest portraits

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What: Tiffany Diamond event celebrating Tiffany’s 175th anniversary.
Where: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa.
When: Tuesday December 11.

After getting home from the Tiffany event, I excitedly flicked through my pics. It had been spectacular. On arrival I was greeted by the Mojo team and ushered down the Tiffany blue carpet, rolled out specially for the event. There were beautiful yellow rose arrangements everywhere, which echoed the renowned yellow Tiffany Diamond which was later to be unveiled.

As I looked round the exhibition, celebrating Tiffany & Co’s 175 years of design, I spied my first inking subject. Standing in front of a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor was Militza Radmilovic, a former model and now the event coordinator at Tiffany & Co, and Stephane de Palmas, general manager of Tiffany’s UAE retail division.

After viewing the exhibition we sat down for a bite to eat. Ghada El-Kari, Tiffany’s marketing/PR director for emerging markets was at my table. Her twin sons and my daughter used to go to nursery together, so we had a great catch-up. Meanwhile, Tiffany & Co chairman and CEO Michael J Kowalski had come all the way over from New York (note to self: must ink!). He delivered a speech guiding us through the 175-year history of the brand. He spoke about the rarely travelled Tiffany Diamond, and explained it’s known as the finest and most beautiful yellow diamond ever discovered.

It had been reset in a white diamond and platinum necklace to mark this 175th anniversary. Finally, the moment arrived: the unveiling. Everyone gasped: it was spectacular and massive, the kind of ‘large’ that would make it difficult to lift if you wore it on your finger.

While I’ll never own such a beautiful piece (or even borrow one), I was determined to do my best to capture its beauty. But life is always full of unexpected turns. After all, a couple of weeks ago I never thought I’d be having breakfast at Tiffany’s either…
For more of Hatty’s sketches and blog, see www.hattypedder.com.

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