Friday, January 18, 2013

Focus on... Camilla's Jewels: Gold Eucalyptus Brooch

When it was announced the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall would pay an official visit to Australia as part of the Diamond Jubilee tours, the Australian Monarchist League to commission the manufacture of a brooch to be presented to the Duchess. The gift was to commemorate both Camilla’s 65th birthday (she turned 65 in July of 2012) and her very first visit to Australia.
The Australian Pearl and Gold Eucalyptus Brooch
The brooch was designed and manufactured by Australian Opal Cutters Pty Ltd on the same basis as the pendant gifted to Kate Middleton on her wedding to Prince William. It consists of an Australian pearl nestled into the curve of a eucalyptus shaped leaf in gold with the Southern Cross set in Australian pink diamonds.

The AML presented the brooch to the Duchess during her visit to Australia back in November of 2012 but she hasn't worn it publicly yet. We’ll probably see the brooch’s first appearance on an Australia or Commonwealth-related event.

I’ll wait till I see this brooch actually worn to pass a judgement; right now, I kind of like it, the oversized pearl notwithstanding.

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