This unusual looking brooch is made from freeform gold and recycled carved rubies, with small diamonds studding it. The rubies are reportedly from an old Indian headdress, and Andrew Grima, the brooch’s designer, came to the attention of Lord Snowdon (Princess Margaret’s husband) after he complained of a boring jewellery industry.
The Duke of Edinburgh had this made for The Queen in 1966, and Grima won The Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize for Elegant Design, The Queen’s Award for Industry, and a Royal Warrant after the gift was given.
This is certainly one of Her Majesty’s more unusual brooches and is usually seen on pink and red outfits.
Feature photo: Nicholas de Camaret