27 September 2013

The Gold Foliate Brooch

The Gold Foliate Brooch
This brooch is a spray of golden leaves with a five petal flower. It is a piece with a lot of dimension and varying depth, which makes it hard to identify in use as it can appear different sizes depending on the angle. When worn during a state visit in 2010, it appeared to be composed of gold and additional materials such as bronze, but this could have been an issue of lighting.
It has been in the Queen's collection for some decades now, since at least 1966, though it is scarcely used.

2010: State Visit to the UAE and Oman

Thanks to ADCA in the comments for further appearances.

Photos: Bauer Griffin/PA/Corbis