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British Jewellers create sparkling Diamond Jubilee gift for the Queen

17 December 2012

Members of The British Jewellers’ Association, the national trade body which represents the UK’s jewellery sector, have created a spectacular platinum, gold and diamond brooch which was given to Her Majesty the Queen on 5th December, 2012 in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee Year.

The design for the brooch was chosen by a panel of industry experts following a national competition open to all UK based jewellery designers. The winner was Ivonna Poplanska, a student at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London.

Poplanska (26) who is originally from Latvia, came to England in 2005 to study for a BA in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester. She was then chosen as one of the first intake of Post Graduate students at The Goldsmiths’ Centre where she has been studying painting and drawing, 3D model making and CAD.

Her design entitled ‘The Eternal Dove’ is loosely based on the 'Sceptre with Dove’ an item in the Crown Jewels which, was made for the Coronation of King Charles 11 in 1661. The dove, which is in flight, encompasses four flowers –the shamrock, the daffodil, the thistle and the rose - chosen to represent the countries of the United Kingdom. These are made in rare Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English gold which has been donated by enthusiastic local prospectors. Natural coloured diamonds have been used to highlight these flowers. Entwined holly leaves also feature in the design symbolising unity, while the dove stands for peace.

“Al l the precious metal and gemstones used in the brooch were donated to The BJA and our members also gave generously of their skills and production expertise to create it in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The production utilised the very latest technologies, provided through Weston Beamor, and married them with traditional, hand skills from Ian Hall at Lasting Impressions. The finished piece is a tremendous testament to the high levels of craftsmanship that exists amongst members of The British Jewellers’ Association,” says the BJA’s chief executive Simon Rainer.

“Jewellery has always been associated with royalty and we felt it fitting that The BJA, which this year celebrates the 125th Anniversary of its founding, should celebrate this special year by creating this exquisite, commemorative brooch which will hopefully carve its own niche in history,” says Lindsey Straughton the BJA’s Marketing and PR Manager.

To contact the BJA please visit www.bja.org.uk

British Jewellers create sparkling Diamond Jubilee gift for the Queen

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