|Victoria and Albert, Art and Love|
The Royal Collection
After the wedding, the bridesmaids, still in their flowing white gowns trimmed with roses, were each presented with a blue velvet box from the jeweler, Charles du Vé (who worked with the Royal Jewelers at Garrards). According to the Queen’s specifications, the brooches were set with stones which were symbolic of the occasion. This was a traditional practice in Victorian jewelry-making where certain stones meant certain things. Each brooch shimmered with turquoise and pearls to represent true love, diamonds to represent eternity and rubies to signify passion.
Thankfully, most of these twelve brooches still survive and are kept in the original families of the young ladies to whom they were presented. At once a sweet souvenir and a striking piece of jewelry, these magnificent pins were truly the gift of royalty.