04 June 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake vs Russian Sapphire Cluster

Our final contest of the week is a battle of the sapphires...

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The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch vs. The Russian Sapphire Cluster 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.

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This exquisite diamond, gold, and sapphire cluster brooch originally belonged to Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, sister of Queen Alexandra. In 1934, Alexandra's daughter-in-law, Queen Mary, reportedly bought the brooch from Marie Feodorovna's daughters. The brooch was a great favorite of the Queen Mother, and in more recent years, the Queen has begun wearing it as well.

We've got a whole lot of sparkle coming your way this weekend, including an exclusive museum tour and gorgeous tiaras and necklaces! Stay tuned!