The Prince of Wales Three Ostrich Feather Brooch
The Prince of Wales Three Ostrich Feather Brooch is a remarkable piece of jewellery that captures the essence of royalty and sophistication. Shop now.
The measurements are 7cm x 5.5cm
This is our exclusive version of this Iconic treasure, commissioned by Karianne’s Secret. It is made of triple Rhodium and 18k Gold plated copper and top Grade 5A Cubic Zirconia and comes in a luxury Leatherette Gift Box.
History of the Three Feathers Emblem
The Welsh Feathers, sometimes known as the Prince of Wales Feathers, have long been associated with Wales and Royalty. It is the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales where three white ostrich feathers emerge from a gold coronet.
Its use is generally traced back to Edward, the Black Prince (1330–1376), eldest son and heir apparent of Edward III. Edwards Royal arms featured a “shield of peace” bearing three ostrich feathers probably the shield he used for jousting.
Modern Day Versions
The brooch features the Prince of Wales emblem, and has been worn by previous Princesses of Wales dating back to 1863. Due to an oversight the brooch left the royal vaults when Edward VIII abdicated in December 1936. Wallis Simpson took the brooch and it remained with her until she died in 1986.
After her death the brooch was sold at auction for a charity. It was bought by Elizabeth Taylor for a staggering $565,000. She had been a friend of Wallis Simpson and said, “The Duchess wanted me to have it.” Elizabeth had very strong connections to Wales being twice married to Richard Burton the famous Welsh actor.
On the death of Elizabeth the brooch was again auctioned with an estimate of $400,000 – $600,000 because of well documented history it actually achieved $1,314,500.
By royal custom, the brooch would almost certainly be worn today by Kate Middleton, the current Princess of Wales. As the brooch is not available Kate wears a completely different version.
There have been many different designs of this brooch, some very simple and other jewelled versions costing many thousand of pounds. We believe our version closely replicates the 1863 version. Specifically designed by our team it is mainly copper with rhodium and 18k gold plating, the feathers and stems are encrusted with 5A cubic zirconias. The effect is stunning and will grace any outfit.