28 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake vs Pearl Triangle

This contest matches up yellow diamonds and Canadian sapphires...

Governor-General of Canada, Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Ascot

The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch vs. The Pearl Triangle Brooch

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This snowflake-inspired brooch, made by Canadian firm Hillberg and Berk, is set with diamonds and rare sapphires from Baffin Island. Governor-General David Johnson presented the brooch to the Queen to mark her Sapphire Jubilee in 2017. The Queen has reached for the brooch often since she received it, wearing it for events like garden parties, church services, and even Royal Ascot.

Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Ascot

This elegant brooch was described by Leslie Field as "an unusual long narrow diamond triangle with two pearls and a canary yellow diamond set in the middle." The Queen has worn it frequently for a variety of occasions and with a rainbow of colors during her reign, but the most famous appearance of the brooch will probably always be her walkabout outside St. James's Palace on the day before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

More brooches coming your way this afternoon!