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A full house enjoyed a charity event with a difference at our Rimington store on Wednesday 6th June. We welcomed back Susan Rumfitt, Susan is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and is an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society. Therefore, she is highly knowledgeable and very well placed to give fascinating talks and valuations. Susan chose the highly topical subject of “British Royal Family Wedding Jewellery” for her presentation.

From the outset of Royal Collections by Queen Charlotte to the love tokens given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert and Queen Mary’s novel way of expanding her collection through gifts from the public, we were given an enchanting insight into their tastes. The present day royals have selected key pieces from history to mark their weddings as well as design bespoke new pieces. Kate wore the Cartier Halo tiara from 1936, from the Queens’ personal collection, which had been an 18th Birthday gift from her parents. Meghan recently wore Queen Mary’s 1930’s bandeau style tiara on her wedding day. Her engagement ring was a bespoke ring designed by Harry featuring a conflict free Botswana diamond teamed with jewels from one of Princess Diana’s brooches. Her wedding band was made from Welsh gold, in the royal tradition and was a gift from the Queen herself.

After the talk, a light lunch and fizz, Susan carried out valuations on pieces guests had brought in. The event raised an incredible £875 for Petal, the children’s cancer research charity, through a raffle and kind donations.