Jewellery is often called upon to offer solace in times of crisis. Our expert picks the best talismanic jewels right for now.
We’ll likely never know exactly why Queen Elizabeth chose to wear a particular turquoise and diamond brooch during her historic speech to the nation, but we can ponder. It originally belonged to the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, who not only went on to reign as Queen Consort during the First World War, but had previously been engaged to her husband’s brother, Prince Albert Victor, who died aged 28 during a flu pandemic.
Was the Queen linking these events via the brooch, or perhaps calling on turquoise’s supposed protective properties? Or, was the pop of colour just the right shade for the pastel green dress she pinned it to?
Is there anything else you can easily wear so close to your body, that says so much about yourself, as jewellery (aside from a tattoo, which wouldn’t befit Her Majesty)? Portable, everlasting (if looked after properly), and intrinsically valuable – it’s not hard to see why jewellery is so often a way for the wearer to both feel and express hope, faith, good fortune or luck….