Valentine Rippon, 1953
The Victoria & Albert Museum
The brooch’s design draws from traditional Royal jewelry motifs. The serpentine gold work refers to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring—a winding snake representing eternity—while the bow-like shape reminds us of the jewels of Queen Mary who favored bow-brooches. Aquamarines play a large part in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II’s jewels as she seems to favor them.