The brooch, inspired by the Iris Unguicularis, was commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and presented to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It is made from 100 per cent recycled British white gold and features over 100 ethically-sourced gemstones, including a single conflict-free yellow diamond, at its centre.
“I am honoured to see Her Majesty wearing this brooch, which represents not only the RHS’s gratitude for her patronage, but also increased visibility of ethics and sustainability in fine jewellery,” said Kristjan, who was present at the visit.
During the day the jewellery designer also promoted limited-edition pins, made of ethically-sourced materials, which form part of the RHS Official Chelsea Gala Jewellery. The new pins were commissioned by the RHS Charity Gala Preview event to commemorate the show’s centenary, which is being celebrated this year.
The pins are inspired by the Calanthe x veitchii orchid flower, which was produced in the nursery belonging to Sir Harry Veitch, the nurseryman who first brought the RHS Flower Show to Chelsea. The pins are made of recycled sterling silver and ethically-sourced yellow sapphires, and all profits from sales of the pins will support the RHS’s charitable work.
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