A Regina-based jeweller has added another piece to Queen Elizabeth II’s collection.
Hillberg & Berk said in a Facebook post they put together an elegant sapphire brooch gifted to the Queen by Canada’s Governor General David Johnston Wednesday.
“Being chosen to create this truly one-of-a-kind brooch on behalf of the Government of Canada is a tremendous honour,” the post read, with a Royal Family photo of Johnston handing over the box attached.
The brooch was presented as a gift to commemorate the Queen’s 65 years as monarch of the British Commonwealth, and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
It features 48 Canadian sapphires totalling 10.19 carats, 400 diamonds totalling 4.39 carats and 18-carat Canadian white gold, measuring 6.1 centimetres in height and 6.6 centimetres wide.
The sapphires come from the only known Canadian deposit of the gem, located on Nunavut’s Baffin Island, while some of the diamonds are Canadian as well.
The company also produced a brooch given to Queen Elizabeth II by Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor in 2013, as well as a “support our troops” pin gifted to her in 2015.