30 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Silver Fern vs Graving Dock Diamond

This contest matches up two mid-century diamond stunners...

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The New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch vs. The Graving Dock Diamond Brooch

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This lovely diamond and platinum brooch was presented to the Queen by Lady Allum, wife of the Mayor of Auckland, on behalf of the women of Auckland. She gave the brooch to the Queen at Government House on Christmas Day 1953. The brooch is designed to resemble a frond of the silver tree fern, one of New Zealand's national emblems. The Queen has worn it regularly for events related to New Zealand, even loaning it to the Duchess of Cambridge for her tour of the country in 2014.

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In the spring of 1947, the then-Princess Elizabeth was presented with five diamonds when she opened the new Graving Dock in East London. The five diamonds, which include two distinctive half-moon shaped stones, were later set in this classic brooch. The Queen has been wearing it with increasing regularity in recent years, often at events related to the Commonwealth.

Another brooch contest tips off at noon!