Ethical Icelandic goldsmith produces 2013 Chelsea Flower Show Gala Pin
Following his successful collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 2012, Icelandic jewellery designer and maker, Kristján Eyjólfsson, has produced another pin made of ethically-sourced materials, to form part of the RHS Official Chelsea Gala Jewellery.
For the show’s Centenary, which is being celebrated this year, Kristján has designed and hand-crafted limited edition pins available to Chelsea Charity Gala Preview guests.
The pins are inspired by the Calanthe x veitchii orchid flower, which was produced in the nursery belonging to Sir Harry Veitch, the nurseryman who first brought the RHS Flower Show to Chelsea.
The pins are made of recycled Sterling Silver and ethically-sourced yellow sapphires. All profits of their sale will go to support the charitable work of the RHS.
"I am thrilled to collaborate with the RHS once more for this event," Kristján said. "As a gardening charity, the RHS’ support of the fact that I use sustainable materials is very important to me. I believe we share a similar environmental vision and commitment to conservation and I am very excited to share this with their supporters through jewellery."
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II debuted a specially commissioned brooch, designed and handmade by Kristján in 2012, at her annual private visit of this year's Chelsea Flower Show. The brooch, inspired by the Iris Unguicularis, was commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society and presented to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It is made from 100% recycled British white gold and features over 100 ethically-sourced gemstones, including a single conflict-free yellow diamond, at its centre.