Icelandic goldsmith designs jewellery for HM the Queen
A London-based Icelandic goldsmith, Kristjan Eyjolfsson, designed and made a brooch for Her Majesty the Queen to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The brooch, made of 100% British recycled gold, conflict free diamonds and precious stones, was presented to Her Majesty by the Royal Horticultural Society yesterday at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is inspired by the Iris Unguicularis, the chosen flower for the Chelsea Flower Show Week. Charity Gala Preview Dinner guests were also presented with a limited edition pin, created exclusively by Kristjan Eyjolfsson, which were made using 100% British recycled silver and ethically resourced pearls.
Kristjan Eyjolfsson was trained in his native Iceland, Finland and England. He has worked as a goldsmith for over 17 years and this summer will oficially launch his debut collections at Somerset House as part of Goldsmiths’ Pavilion from June 13th to June 17th 2012. Along with his Australian wife, Ivonne, he runs Kristjan Eyjolfsson Fine Jewellery. He says: “The opportunity to create exclusive pieces for this important event was very exciting. Making a brooch for The Queen, on such an important year in her life, is an absolute honour. The fact that my work is in support of the world's leading gardening charity meant that we needed to think carefully about what materials to use. We did not want to contradict the spirit of gardening as a sustainable practice and so, not only the pins but also Her Majesty's brooch have been made using 100% recycled metals, conflict-free stones and ethical pearls.” To highlight the importance of using recycled metals, Kristjan Eyjolfsson Fine Jewellery have registered special stamps with the London Assay Office to mark their pieces as made using 100% recycled silver, gold or platinum.
Photos: Kristján Eyjólfsson