The Royal Collection have announced that they have invited young British jewellery designer, Alex Munroe to collaborate with them again this year. Following on from the success last year, he has been invited to extend his Alex Munroe for Buckingham Palace range, and five new necklaces have been added to it, inspired as ever by the splendid State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. The new necklaces are available in either sterling silver or 22ct gold.
The new range features a corgi pendant, showing their short legs and tongue lolling from the mouth, (£126 silver or £150 gold-plated). Alternatively, for dog-lovers, you can have a diamond-set pendant engraved with a corgi, and decorated with bows and flowers inspired by the décor in the interior of the Palace (£126 silver or £180 gold-plated). As well as the dogs, there are two more pendants; a crown pendant inset with a diamond (£156 silver and £180 gold-plated), and a coach pendant. The coach pendant has moveable wheels and is based on the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which can be seen at the Royal Mews (£195 silver and £225 gold-plated).
The final piece is a locket, which is inspired by the domed ceiling of the music room in Buckingham Palace and is decorated with the bee motif so loved by Alex (£330 gold-plated). The corgi has always been close to the Queen throughout her life, and she currently owns 2 corgis, and 2 dorgis – a corgi / dachshund cross.
Alex Munroe has been designing jewellery for twenty-five years inspired by nature and the Suffolk countryside he grew up in. Following his art school training, he set up in a small studio in South London in a picturesque Victorian cobbled square. He is still in that studio, though now with a team of highly skilled jewellers, crafting products that can be purchased in outlets all over the world.
These new items for the Royal Collection will be launched on July 23rd when the state rooms at Buckingham Palace open for the summer. Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace is available exclusively from Royal Collection Trust shops at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, from the Royal Collection Trust online shop (www.royalcollection.org.uk/shop), and at Alex Monroe’s London Bridge Boutique.