Queen Elizabeth II and her Peranakan brooch
THIS PAGE Queen Elizabeth II wearing her favourite Peranakan brooch at Royal Ascot Image by Getty Images, courtesy of Foundation Jewellers
OPPOSITE PAGE The Bird of Paradise brooch, FOUNDATION JEWELLERS
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, is known to have a historic collection of jewellery, not including the Crown Jewels and state regalia that are worn during coronation and state opening of the Parliament. Throughout her 65-year reign, the Queen’s personal jewellery collection has travelled far and wide with her as she attends state visits and official duties. While her fashion style has remained fairly consistent, she has always kept them interesting with jewels and accessories. A simple pair of pearl earrings given to her by her beloved grandmother, for instance, is said to be a favourite.
A most recent favourite, however, seems to be none other than a Peranakan-inspired brooch made by homegrown brand Foundation Jewellers. The Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee brooch — also called the Bird of Paradise brooch — was originally a gift to Queen Elizabeth from President Tony Tan on behalf of Singapore on the occasion of the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Since then, The Queen has been spotted wearing it on numerous occasions, including the christening of her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte, and most recently, in June, at Royal Ascot, accessorising her lime green Stewart Parvin coat and Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.
“When I heard from our clients in London that the Queen has again been spotted wearing the Peranakan brooch, I feel so honoured and encouraged,” shares Thomis Kwan, owner and designer of Foundation Jewellers. “She gave me the strength to continue doing what I’m doing, designing and producing oneof-a-kind Peranakan jewellery.”
When asked what is it about the brooch that he thinks The Queen likes, making it one of her recent favourite accessories, Kwan says, “I think she knows that more than just a piece of jewellery, the brooch is a piece of art.”
“More than just a piece of jewellery, the brooch is a piece of art”