In Defense of the Brooch – QEII’s Grima Ruby

This one raised some eyebrows on OC’s ROYGBIV – Red Jewels post last year, so we thought we’d have some fun with it.

This carved ruby and diamond brooch set in yellow gold was given to Queen Elizabeth in 1966 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The brooch was made by jeweler Andrew Grima, and is an explosion of mid-century jewelry design.

Whatever our thoughts, Lilibet seems to like it.

The Case for the Brooch

The Handbag: Oh, it’s assymetrical and totally of the sixties, design-wise, and I love it. I like that it’s different, I like the unusual structure, and I love that the Queen is into it.

The Case against the Brooch

LG: This is a hard no from me. Looks like something NSFW there on her shoulder…

OC: Newp. Not one redeeming quality in my eyes. It’s rare when I can actually appreciate any Grima designs. It is actually my least favorite piece of jewelry that the lady wears.

LiL – A hard pass for me. I dislike yellow gold nearly as much as I do pearls and turquoise. It never stood a chance.

What do you guys think?

What do you think of the Grima Ruby Brooch?