Ivonna Poplanska’s BJA competition design gets official debut.
The Queen wore the winning Eternal Dove brooch, designed by Ivonna Poplanska for the British Jewellers’ Association Diamond Jubilee brooch competition, on Christmas Day as she visited Sandringham – the first official outing of the brooch since it was gifted to the Queen earlier in December.
The Eternal Dove design won the British Jewellers’ Association’s (BJA) Diamond Jubilee brooch competition, which was launched in June this year with the objective of desiging a brooch for the Queen to celebrate the Jubilee year.
The winning design, by Ivonna Poplanksa, was made in the UK using platinum, English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish gold and white and coloured diamonds to represent the national flowers of each of the British nations.
The Queen wore the brooch on a bright blue coat as she attended church close to the royal estate at Sandringham. She teamed the white metal design with black fur collar.
Poplanska’s design is inspired by an existing Crown Jewel called the Sceptre with Dove, originally made for the Coronation of King Charles II in 1661. The brooch aims to continue the theme of the dove as a sign of peace and unity, while the dove is depicted as in flight to represent how the design has developed from its 1660’s counterpart to the freedom of today.
She was named the winner of the BJA’s competition at IJL in September. Poplanska initially trained to be a pianist before swapping to jewellery design. She has been studying in the UK since 2005, completing a BA in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester before working as an intern at Shaun Leane. She has since been accepted into the first intake of postgraduate students at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.