Second year that ethical jeweller makes design for annual show.
Icelandic ethical jeweller Kristjan Eyjolfsson has teamed with the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, designing an orchid-inspired pin for this year’s show.
This is the second year that Eyjolfsson has collaborated with the RHS, creating a silver and pearl pin that was gifted to the Queen in 2012.
The new orchid pin has been made to mark the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show which takes place this year. The hand made limited-edition pins will be available to Chelsea Charity Gala Preview guests. They have been made in recycled silver and are set with ethically-sourced yellow sapphires.
Metal refiner Capella was Eyjolfsson’s sole supplier of the recycled metals used to make the brooch. They have also supplied him since the launch of his company 18 months ago.
Of his decision to work with Capella he said: “I am passionately committed to environmental and social responsibility, and aim always to use materials that are recycled and ethically sourced.
“Capella was the only company that could guarantee that its recycled metals were indeed recycled. It also shares my belief in ethics, and is the only pure gold refiner in the UK and one of only two in Europe to be accredited to process Fairtrade and Fairmined gold.”
The pins are inspired by the Calanthe x veitchii orchid flower, which was produced in the nursery belonging to Sir Harry Veitch, the nurseryman who first brought the RHS Flower Show to Chelsea.
Capella’s managing director Kevin Bloor said: “Capella and Kristjan Eyjolfsson share a passion for environmental and social responsibility and as such we are delighted to be his sole supplier of recycled precious metals.
“Our involvement in his work for the RHS is particularly gratifying, given the charity’s commitment to sustainability.”
Eyjolfsson is set to make an appearance at the show’s Gala Preview night on May 20, where the pins will be on sale. He will also be available to answer questions about the RHS’s Official Gala Jewellery Collection and will provide a sneak preview of the 2014 pin.
He will also appear at the Goldsmiths’s Pavilion at Somerset House from June 26 to 29 and the Goldsmiths’ Fair in late September.