Lonmin pledges 60g platinum for the winning BJA design competition.
By Deepa Narwani
The deadline for design entries for the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) competition to create a commemorative Diamond Jubilee brooch for The Queen has been extended to July 30.
Pledges and donations have been received from firms supporting the initiative. Lonmin has pledged up to 60g of platinum and other mines across the British Isles are giving small quantity of rare English (2g), Scottish (5g) Irish (3g) and some Welsh gold, which can also be incorporated in to the design.
In addition to white diamonds, designers can use a selection of bright, small natural coloured diamonds in pink, yellow, green and lilac or blue, the colours of the four national flowers of the UK.
Shortlisted designs will be shown and voted for on the BJA website and at the BJA stand during IJL, which will be held at Earls’ Court in London from, September 2 to 5.
The winner will be announced on the last day of the IJL exhibition.
The brooch will be gifted to the Queen after being displayed at a BJA event at the House of Commons in November.