One of the world's finest pieces of Royal jewellery, Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Coronet was designed for her by her husband, Prince Albert. as befitting their famous love story, coronet was reportedly one of the only pieces Queen Victoria decided was appropriate to wear during her widowhood. Most likely commissioned from Joseph Kitching in 1842, the coronet features a flexible Gothic design with both cushion- and kite-shaped blue sapphires set in yellow gold, as well as diamonds set in silver.
Following an overseas purchase, the Department for Culture Media and Sport has rightly issued a temporary ban on export of this UK national treasure. temporary ban, following a recommendation by the reviewing committee on the export of works of art and objects of cultural interest, under the Arts Council.
We must save this iconic piece of Royal history, for the benefit of our culture, study and national wealth. Crowdfunding will ensure it takes up its rightful place in a museum, so let's save the Coronet!
This is all or nothing, so we need to raise £5m before the export licence review on 27 December 2016. Early success should buy us some additional time from that review!