Marlborough’s top jeweller sponsors RAF polo team

Written by Gerald Isaaman.

Horses have been a passion of Marlborough’s top jeweller David Dudley since he learnt to ride while living in Kenya and extended his interest in horses on visits to Spain.

So you will find them depicted in diamonds and 18 carat gold in his displays of unique jewellery designs, which he promotes in particular among polo aficionados at major polo playing clubs – and at Tidworth.

Christine Lawrence designed necklace

  The Wiltshire base is the home of RAF, Army and Navy polo teams and now David has shown his interest in their activities by deciding to sponsor the RAF polo team, as a result of his friendship with the team captain Tim Brown.  “He is also a customer and has been trying to persuade me for years to help,” David, who regularly goes to polo events at Tidworth, told Marlborough News Online. “And finally I have decided to do it for 2011.”

“What it means is that the finance I am providing enables the team to have special training, to take courses to develop the team and that will improve their standard of play.”

Stunning 2.7 cara Horse Head diamond

  “It might seem a bit crazy that people who fly airplanes want to wack a ball around on the back of a horse but they love playing polo and it keeps them fit. One of the team told me it is more exhausting playing four chukkas than running a half marathon.”

David, who has been operating in Marlborough High Street, for 20 years, also uses polo to promote the designs of London-based Christine Lawrence, which include an 18 carat gold necklace set with diamonds (pictured).

Another remarkable piece of jewellery he has for sale is a 2.7 carat diamond cut in the shape of a horses head (pictured) – with a stunning valuation of £23,000