|This set of jewellery is inspired by the motif appearing just above the lower band of the Imperial State Crown. The best known of all the crowns, the present Imperial State Crown was originally designed and made for Queen Victoria's Coronation in 1838 by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, the Crown Jewellers. This crown was used at the Coronation of King Edward VII and King George V. It was remade with practically the same stones for King George VI in 1937. For the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 the shapes of the arches were altered to reduce the height. The jewels symbolise a lot more than precious stones, they represent virtues that a monarch should have. Pearls represent divine power, sapphires symbolise purity, chastity and sincerity and diamonds represent power, strength and courage. The crown itself is mounted in gold and silver. It weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces and is set 2,868 , 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 5 rubies and 273 pearls. The most important and mystical of these stones are, St Edward's Sapphire. This is a square sapphire set in the top cross. This sapphire is said to have been taken from a ring found on the finger of Edward the Confessor by Abbot Lawrence on 13th October 1163, when the body was being reinterred in Westminster Abbey. Henry II was present at the time. It was presented to the King, and it has been used by the Monarch ever since.
Inspired Treasures incorporates a vast collection of jewellery ranging from the smallest of earrings, to bangles, bracelets, brooches, charms, lockets, necklaces, pendants and rings right through to full size replica Royal Crowns. With a broad spectrum of motifs and themes, the designer costume and fine jewellery ranges have been inspired by the many compositions, fashions and works of art from across the globe. All the jewellery tells a story and most items are accompanied with supporting stories and pictures from which the designs have been taken, together with designer-led packaging. The timeless jewellery brand and a full range of Hollywood inspired jewellery. Jewellery inspired by British Treasures both natural and artistic. Drawing on the vibrant world of Ballet, Natural History and the splendour of European Monarchy, these rich range of distinctive pieces and eye-catching collections are certain to both compliment and standout.
Throughout most of the seventeenth century, diamonds had been cut in what is called the Mazarine style, which had 32 facets. At the end of the 1600's however, a Venetian gemsmith called Peruzzi managed for the first time to cut a diamond in 56 facets. The increase in luminosity that this new method released from the precious stones had an enormous effect on the jewellery design and the new cut was given the name Brilliant. The 18th century saw the complete dominance of French taste in a sort of cultural imperialism that spread over the whole of the continent form Lisbon to St. Petersburg. Inspired by the beauty and delicacy of an antique original, this interpretation of an 18th century jewel has been made using the finest quality nickel free alloys, hand polished and gold toned. The gems are Swarovski crystals.