03 June 2012

The Jardine Star Brooch

The Jardine Star Brooch
On the Queen's list of favorite brooches is a traditional model we call the Jardine Star. It features 8 diamond rays separated by a single collet which fan out from a central cluster of a large diamond 8 smaller stones.
What's known about this brooch's history comes from Leslie Field in The Queen's Jewels:
"In 1981 the Queen was left a late-Victorian diamond star brooch by Lady Jardine, which she has worn on many occasions. It has a collet diamond on a knife-wire between each of its eight points."
Further detail on who exactly Lady Jardine is and what her connection or motivation might have been to gift the Queen with this brooch is omitted. There are a few Jardine Baronetcies and the wives of the baronets would be titled Lady Jardine. A queen receiving a bequest of jewels from someone no matter the connection is not so unusual, of course; one example is the Greville bequest which provided many of the Queen Mother's favorite jewels.
The brooch in action, as the Queen addresses Parliament on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee
Princess Anne owns a similiar piece, and there are plenty more star brooches out there that look like this one. Their all-purpose design never really goes out of style, as the Queen shows us regularly.


Appearances:
7 June 2014: Epsom Derby
10 April 2014: State Visit from Ireland, Northern Ireland Reception
14 November 2013: Visit to Manchester
5 July 2013: Holyrood Week, Day 5: Robin Chapel and Thistle Foundation
22 May 2013: Buckingham Palace Garden Party
2 May 2013: Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit
31 March 2013: Easter Service
24 January 2013: Sandringham Women's Institute
20 October 2012: British Champions Day at Royal Ascot
18 July 2012: Visit to the North East, Day 1
3 June 2012: The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
21 May 2012: Chelsea Flower Show
26 April 2012: Visit to South Wales, Day 1 
5 April 2012: Royal Maundy Service 
20 March 2012: Diamond Jubilee Address to Parliament
12 March 2012: Commonwealth Day Reception 
2011: Visit to Australia 
2009: Easter Service
2007: Commonwealth Day Observance Service
2006: Christmas Service 
2006, 2008, 2011: Royal Ascot
2003, 2005, 2011: Royal Maundy Service  
2001, 2006: Chelsea Flower Show   
Various Years: Christmas Broadcast


Photos: Corbis/Polfoto