Queen El­iz­a­beth II and her Per­anakan brooch

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Content - By Carol Lee

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”

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