02 September 2013

The Irish Silver Spiral Brooch

The Irish Silver Spiral Brooch
On her state visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011, the Queen was presented with this brooch by President Mary McAleese. Both the brooch and the matching cufflinks given to the Duke of Edinburgh were created by goldsmith Declan Killen. The brooch is made of sterling silver and has ten disks with spiral designs inspired by motifs from the Newgrange monument.
As she has done in the past with gifts of jewelry, the Queen made sure to wear the brooch before the end of the visit, at an event given by the British embassy. I believe it stands as the only public outing of this brooch so far.

2011: State Visit to Ireland

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