On the upcoming diamond jubilee of the monarch of the UK, a Canadian jeweller (Birks) has produced a diamond brooch meant especially for Her Majesty, the Queen. The gift was from all ranks of the Regiment in celebration of her 60th anniversary of service as Captain General of the Canadian Artillery.
Accordingly, he brooch takes the form of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery cap badge, which was designed in 1907 and consists of the profile view of a “9-pounder” field cannon emblazoned with the Regimental motto and battle honours, with the number 60 on the gun wheel, superimposed on a Canadian maple leaf made of 18 karat and 21 karat yellow and white gold; enhanced with platinum, which is encrusted with diamonds, the crown on the badge containing emeralds, rubies and sapphires. If you love the look of this brooch, and dream of designing something similar, you may be interested in information on design degrees.
Apparently, Birks and the royals go quite a way back with he jeweller having designed several pieces for the royals through out history. Some instances include –
1947: Birks produced a sterling silver jewel case presented to Queen Elizabeth I, a gift from the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
1959: Birks produced a sterling silver bowl presented to Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, a gift from the 4thPrincess Louise Dragoon Guards.
1963: Birks produced a sterling silver tray, presented to Princess Alexandra of Kent, a gift from the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada on the occasion of the Princess’ marriage.