Goldsmith Kristjan Eyjolfsson has created a special brooch in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), set to be gifted to the Queen at an event on May 21.
A second brooch will also be presented to guests at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show charity gala preview dinner guests.
The hand-made brooch, created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, was inspired by the Iris Unguicularis, which is the chosen flower for the Chelsea Flower Show Week.
The hand-made charity gala preview pins are inspired by the Chelsea Gala Preview Evening’s chosen flower – the Magnolia x soulangeana. In keeping with the sustainable spirit of gardening and horticulture, the brooch has been made using 100% British recycled gold, conflict-free diamonds and precious stones. The pins have been made using 100% British recycled silver and ethically-sourced pearls.
Eyjolfsson said: “The opportunity to create exclusive pieces for this important event was very exciting. Making a brooch for The Queen, on such an important year in her life, is an absolute honour.
“The fact that my work is in support of the world’s leading gardening charity meant that we needed to think carefully about what materials to use. We did not want to contradict the spirit of gardening as a sustainable practice and so, not only the pins but also Her Majesty’s brooch have been made using 100% recycled metals, conflict-free stones and ethical pearls.”
To highlight the importance of using recycled metals, Eyjolfsson registered special stamps with the London Assay Office to mark his pieces as made using 100% recycled silver, gold or platinum.
Kristjan Eyjolfsson was born in Iceland, and trained as a goldsmith in Iceland, Finland and England. He has worked as a goldsmith for more than 17 years and this summer will officially launch his debut collections during Jewellery Week, as part of the Goldsmiths’ Pavilion.