22 June 2012

The Amethyst Bouquet Brooch

The Amethyst Bouquet Brooch (prior to a slight reconfiguration)
This brooch is often identified as one given to The Queen when she opened the Queen's Bridge in Perth, Scotland in 1960, but this is incorrect. The association is based on a description in Leslie Field’s book The Queen’s Jewels which reads as follows:
The brooch is a miniature flower bouquet with seven amethyst buds surrounded by white and yellow gold ferns and grasses, with a central group of twelve freshwater mauve-tinted pearls from the River Tay.
Though we do have seven amethysts present, the rest of the description doesn't fit and this is not a pearl brooch; the Perth bridge brooch is a separate piece (this one!). Where this particular brooch, a bouquet of seven amethysts centering flowers with diamond petals and stems, came from is unclear. The amethysts appear to be set in yellow gold, with a white metal for the diamond settings.

After being used more frequently in recent years, the brooch disappeared from public appearances between March 2014 and October 2015. When it reappeared, the design had been slightly changed:
The Queen wears the reconfigured brooch
The flowers and leaves were rearranged, a third small flower was added to the top, and the larger flower that previously held a round amethyst now features another pear-shaped stone (perhaps the one removed from the leaves below). The overall shape remains the same.
The brooch in its current design

7 December 2017: HMS Queen Elizabeth Commissioning
7 April 2017: Lord Snowdon Memorial Service
23 February 2016: Elizabeth Line Unveiling
3 December 2015: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
12 October 2015: Rugby World Cup Reception
25 March 2014: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
23 January 2014: Sandringham Women's Institute Meeting
11 December 2013: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
21 November 2013: Visit to Southwark
14 July 2013: Around Windsor Castle
3 July 2013: Holyrood Week, Day 3: Visit to the Scottish Borders
30 May 2013: Coronation Bouquet Presentation
17 May 2013: Visit to Cornwall
20 April 2013: Newbury Races
27 February 2013: Royal London Hospital
6 January 2013: Church at Sandringham
5 December 2012: Queen's Medal for Music
22 June 2012: Royal Ascot, Day Four
2 May 2012: Visit to the South West, Day 2
8 January 2012: Attending Church in Norfolk
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