13 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Victoria's Diamond Jubilee vs Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake

This morning's contest pairs up two brooches made to celebrate royal jubilees...

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Brooch vs. The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch

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As the brooch's name suggests, it was given to Queen Victoria in 1897 by the members of her royal household to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Victoria later designated the brooch, which was made by Garrard, as an heirloom of the crown. The Queen Mother especially treasured the brooch, wearing it until her death in 2002. The Queen has worn it occasionally since, including a memorable bejeweled appearance in Canada in 2010.

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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.

Stay tuned for more brooches this afternoon!