|The Eternal Dove Brooch|
Like the sceptre, the brooch symbolises the spiritual authority of the Monarchy. Unlike the dove in the sceptre, however, this one is not perched, but in flight.
|The original design of the brooch (left) and the finished result (right)|
The design for the brooch was chosen by a panel of experts following an open UK based competition; the winner was Ivonna Poplanska, a student at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.
The Queen appears to have been pleased with the gift for the first official outing of the brooch took place mare weeks after it was officially presented to Her Majesty on 5th of December; she wore it on Christmas Day. Given the message of the jewel – peace and unity – it was certainly an appropriate timing.
This was one piece I was quite certain I would dislike; while the message and the overall design were nice, I thought it wouldn't really look good when actually worn. Besides, when it comes to jewellery, I'm all for heavy guns: the more (insert stone) the better.
|The Queen and Ivonna Poplanska wearing the Eternal Dove Brooch|
I was wrong though; it looked great against the bright blue of the Queen’s outfit as she wore it in Sandringham. Admittedly you couldn't really see all the stones and it looked like a very simple silver piece but I, for one, would love to see The Eternal Dove from time to time. Who knows? Maybe it will become the Queen’s Christmas brooch.