Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain & Ireland tiara; One of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite pieces of jewellery is the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara which is also referred to as “Granny’s Tiara”. It was a wedding gift to Elizabeth by her devoted grandmother Queen Mary in 1947 along with a number of other pieces
Imperial State Crown weighs 91 kilograms. Due to the weight of the crown, it is often worn on and off for a few hours before the State Opening of Parliament, to get the wearer used to the weight. Queen Elizabeth II has been known to eat her breakfast and read the morning papers wearing it.
The pioneering designers who are shaking up British jewellery design
Alexander Davis DNA Pendant. When a DNA pendant is commissioned, Davis takes a blood sample from the wearer and their DNA sequence is analysed. The combination of gemstones corresponds to a unique part of their DNA.
Many designers use paper folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal and many other materials. Folding is used in disciplines as diverse as architecture, ceramics, fashion, interior design, jewellery, product design and textiles. This unique, practical handbook was bought for me as a gift. It explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. It covers over 70…