This brooch originally formed the centrepiece of a bracelet. At the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) in 1893 each bridesmaid received one as a gift from the bridegroom, whose emblems are integral to the design. The diamond anchor recalls Prince George’s naval career and the white Rose of York, highlights his recent creation as Duke of York. #RoseofYorkBrooch #VonGiesbrechtJewels
The crown is a symbol of virtue and martyrdom as well as an emblem of sovereignty. This 1863 German crown was made for a statue of the Virgin Mary, to remind worshipers of her coronation by Jesus Christ and her high status as ‘Queen of Heaven’.