Queen’s jeweller creates gem of a garden

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Creating a buzz Victoria Scott from Bentley & Skinner with a bee brooch Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Creating a buzz Victoria Scott from Bentley & Skinner with a bee brooch Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The Queen’s jewellers will be exhibiting a collection of “naturalistic” pieces designed to look like creatures such as bees, butterflies and beetles at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower show.

Bentley & Skinner, jewellers by royal appointment to The Queen and the Prince of Wales, will have its first stand at London’s flower show next week.

Creating a buzz Victoria Scott from Bentley & Skinner with a bee brooch Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Creating a buzz Victoria Scott from Bentley & Skinner with a bee brooch Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Sales director Omar Vaja told the Standard “hundreds” of pieces — costing between £1,500 and £80,000 — created by the team’s craftsmen will be on display at a stand made to look like a garden. There will, he added, “be something for everyone”, with simpler necklaces costing about £500 also on sale.

Mr Vaja said the collection of original jewellery will include a diamond bee, a Victorian ruby and diamond butterfly brooches, a pair of garnet and diamond beetle cufflinks, and a diamond and rock crystal wasp brooch. Paul Thomas, resident florist at The Ritz, is creating the garden and the flower display.

Creating a buzz Victoria Scott from Bentley & Skinner with a bee brooch
Creating a buzz Victoria Scott from Bentley & Skinner with a bee brooch

The store, which also created Damien Hirst’s famous diamond-encrusted skull, was originally two firms: Skinner and Co, established in 1880, and Bentley and Co, established in 1934. In the Nineties, the two family-run brands merged. Skinner and Co has held the royal warrant to the monarch since the reign of Edward VII. The royal warrant to Prince Charles has been held for 40 years. Since the merger, the firm has been run by Fabergé and gemstones expert Mark Evans. He said: “Both flowers and gems are little luxuries that bring joy to people’s lives.”

Other firsts at this year’s show will include a stand by craft gin company Warner Edwards and a sensory garden by Miracle-Gro.

Source: standard co uk

Tags: Queen Elizabeth, Jeweler, Jewelery, Design, Prince Charles

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