On 5th December, 2012 The British Jewellers’ Association presented a spectacular platinum and diamond brooch to Her Majesty The Queen as a gift of celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Ivonna Poplanska’s very thoughtful design was chosen in a national competition.
The design is entitled ‘The Eternal Dove’, and 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. Ivonna’s dove,which is in flight, also encompasses the four flowers of the United Kingdom which are depicted in rare gold from around the UK and natural coloured diamonds within its wings.
The precious metals and diamonds used in the brooch’s production were donated by members of the Association and the brooch was made entirely in the UK by specialist craftsmen and women all of whom also donated their time and their expertise for free. The result is a piece of jewellery that truly is fit for a Queen.
The organising committee: Vanessa Burkitt, Cindy Dennis Mangan, Sarah Jordan and Lindsey Straughton.
The Judges: Members of the brooch committee with Helen Dimmock, Ruth Donaldson and Rachael Taylor.
Materials: Cookson Precious Metals, Galantas, Lonmin, Scotgold, Brian Wright and Windiam Diamonds.
Manufacture: Ian Hall of Devon Lasting Impressions, Rider and Rider, Glen Day with the creative team and workshop at Weston Beamor.
The Box: Claire Weldon at The Jeweller’s Box Company.
Assay: The Assay Office Birmingham.