A rose by any other name - Juels Limited News Article

A rose by any other name

You sing the words of the world’s most famous romantic play, Romeo and Juliet, by the bard himself, William Shakespeare: ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’

However, when it comes to horticulture and botany, I must admit my knowledge can be written on the back of a postage stamp. That stated, we were delighted when we came across a very rare and unusual brooch and/ or pendant. Our one in question was made in a limited number of 100 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed Anne Boleyn Rose.

The rose itself was originally bred from the parent seed Ausmas and a variant seedling to produce the Ausecret variation by David Austin in 1999. The flower has all the characteristics of an exceptional English rose, containing large sprays of cupped, rosette blooms with symmetrically arranged petals. They are a soft shade of warm mid pink and have just a hint of a button eye. Its low, spreading growth builds up to form a neatly mounded shrub with soft green, highly polished foliage. The rose is a medium size repeat flowering with an exquisite fragrance ranging from light to medium.

The rose was named after King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, whose date of birth is not known for sure. According to some sources, it could have been as early as 1500 or 1501. Other sources say 1508 or 1509. What is known is that King Henry VIII became interested in Anne while he was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. When Anne became pregnant, she and Henry were secretly married, sometime around St Paul’s Day on January 25, 1533. On June 1, Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England. On September 7, her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was born, later becoming Queen Elizabeth I.

On May 2, 1536, Anne was arrested and charged with adultery, incest and plotting to murder the king, charges which she denied. She was executed on May 19 and buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. During renovation of the chapel under Queen Victoria’s reign, Anne’s final resting place was identified and so marked.

Our rose brooch was designed to encapsulate the fabulous Boleyn rose, encrusted with fine quality diamonds all matched to colour grade G and clarity VSI with excellent cut, polish and symmetry. The limited-edition brooch is set in 18K (750) white gold and can be worn as a brooch or suspended from a chain as an eveningwear pendant.

Made in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of David Austin’s rose creation, with only 100 jewellery examples ever, it’s quite a rare object.

It currently forms part of our window display and as always we are on the look- out to purchase some more unusual items of jewellery.

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