Friday, February 15, 2013

Focus on... Camilla's Jewels: Van Cleef & Arpels Dragonfly Brooches

One of my favourite jewels in Camilla’s collection are these beautiful dragonfly brooches.

Van Cleef & Arpels Dragonfly Brooches
They were created by Van Cleef & Arpels in their signature dragonfly theme, and were a gift from the Prince of Wales to his wife. 

The brooches, or rather clips, are made of white gold. One of them is studded with blue sapphires, the other – diamonds. They are designed as a tribute to the lightness and femininity of Nature.
The Duchess wearing the clips in 2010 and 2012
Because of the excellent craftsmanship and beautiful design, the dragonflies’ wings seem to be in motion. It’s almost as if they just stopped by to have a little rest and will take off at any time. 

The Duchess has worn the brooches only a few times, including for Sandringham Flower Show in 2010, and a visit Channel Islands in 2012. Camilla usually dons them with blue outfits. Usually, she wears them together, one just below the other. 

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