Queens' Jubilee Chelsea Iris Brooch
A Royal Commission
Commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society – organisers of the world famous Chelsea Flower Show – this very special journey was a request to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. As with all our private design commissions, we treated this with the same care and dedication as we provide to all our clients.
Her Majesty has been a patron of the Royal Horticultural Society charity for decades and so the Society wanted to present her with a unique and understated token of appreciation on this special occasion. It became our role to capture this sentiment in the design of the brooch and so we presented the Society with a design that showcased a strong horticultural identity and subtle features that only Her Majesty, and the people she allows close enough to her, can appreciate. For this very reason, only one official image of the brooch has been shared with the public.
This particular design journey began with the Society sharing elements of their vision. We created a hand-rendered artwork and submitted this to Her Majesty for her approval. Once official approval was granted by Buckingham Palace, we set to work.
Meetings were held during the making progress of the brooch. During these sessions we presented the Society with things such the hand-carved wax model that would later be cast into gold and explained the traditional filigree elements we incorporated into the design as a nod to our founder’s Icelandic heritage. In addition to the techniques we used, the materials we chose for this commission were just as considered. In line with the Society’s aims for a greener world, we chose to use 100% recycled gold as well as over 100 ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones, including a conflict-free natural yellow diamond set at its centre.
The Chelsea Diamond Jubilee brooch was presented by the Royal Horticultural Society to Her Majesty at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012.
Chelsea Flower Show – Opening the British Summer Season
For the last 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has attended the Chelsea Flower Show 51 times to celebrate the opening of British Summer Season – impressive, right?
Since 2013, she has worn the Chelsea Diamond Jubilee Brooch to open this highlight of the British social calendar and the most prestigious gardening show on earth.
Every time we see her wear this brooch, we enjoy a great sense of warmth for the statement she makes to continue to proudly wear a piece that was completely hand-crafted by a company that delivers on its ethical and sustainable values. We are a company who believe in crafting remarkable jewellery and ornaments, with respect for our world and its peoples.
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