Saturday Sparkle: The Rose of York Brooch, 1893

Saturday, April 30, 2011


The Rose of York Brooch
Enamel, Gold, Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds
Collingwood & Co., 1893
The Royal Collection
Produced by Collingwood & Co. in 1893, the Rose of York Brooch is a masterpiece of gold, enamel and diamonds. Originally, this floral jewel was the centerpiece of a bracelet. The middle of the bracelet was detachable so that the floral section could be worn as a pin. The design takes its cues from the symbols of the Dukedom of York.

This is one of several that were produced in 1893 for The Duke of York (the future King George V) as gifts from the bridegroom to the bridesmaids. After the marriage of the Duke of York and Princess Mary of Teck, the duke presented one of these to each of the bridesmaids.

This is one of the few surviving pieces of this collection. None of the bracelets survive.


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