Product Type: Buckley Bracelet Gold
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Wear your poppy with pride... and sparkle too
Buckley Poppy Brooch
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Buckley Poppy Brooch
Advantages: It's gorgeous, raising money for the Royal British Legion
Every year towards the end of October I buy a poppy from the Royal British Legion and give them my loose change whenever I see a collection tin. Last year I bought myself one of the more fancy silk poppies, and whilst I was looking on the Poppy Shop website I noticed the Buckley brooch which had sold out. This year I made sure I bought myself one in plenty of time.
Poppies grow in disturbed earth, after the Napoleonic wars poppies started to grow around the bodies of the soldiers who had lost their lives. After the WWI battles in the fields of Northern France and Flanders the poppy was one of the few plants to grow in the fields torn apart by battle.
When the Royal British Legion Formed in 1921 they adopted the red flower as their symbol inspired by John McRae's 1915 poem In Flanders' Fields.
The Poppy Factory was founded in Richmond, Surrey after Major George Hewson suggested to the RBL that members of the Disabled Society could make poppies. They were designed so that disabled workers could assemble them easily and this is the design is still in place today almost 90 years later.
Buckley Jewellery were founded in 1989 with one aim to design and make affordable yet brilliant quality costume jewellery.
Buckley have made some gorgeous Poppy themed jewellery which are available from the Poppy Shop, including the brooch I am reviewing today.
The brooch is about 4 cm in length and 2.5cm wide. To look at it takes the same design as the traditional paper poppy but this is made from metal and plated with 18 carat gold and the flower part of the poppy is set with lots of gorgeous little red crystals, the black centre of the poppy is made from six black crystals.
It comes in it's own black Buckley gift box, attached to a piece of sponge covered in a silky black piece of material. At the bottom right hand corner there is a small sticker with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal logo on it. The way it is presented when in the box was very attractive.
In order to remove the brooch from the box I had to take out the piece of sponge and undo the clasp on the back of it. It was a little fiddly but didn't take long at all.
The clasp of the poppy is a safety type clasp so you have to twist it round in order to undo it and take the pin out. When the pin is placed back into the clasp and it is shut it feels very secure and I don't feel like it would come undone easily so I'm not worried about it opening and losing the poppy. The pin is hinged enough to attach to clothing without difficulty.
When fastened to my coat the poppy looks absolutely stunning, especially against the dark blue colour of my coat. It is slightly smaller than the traditional paper poppy, but with the crystal flower and gold plated stem it certainly doesn't go unnoticed and a number of people have commented on it whilst I've been wearing it. It looks especially pretty when the autumn sun catches it and the crystals glint in the light.
After Remembrance Day the box will be the ideal place to keep my pretty poppy safe until next Autumn.
The Buckley Poppy is available in three sizes, the smallest costs £10.20 the largest is £25 and the medium one which I have reviewed is £15. This may seem like a lot for a poppy but all profits go towards the RBL and supporting the Armed Forces Family. Also this is a piece that can be worn year after year, as the Poppy design hasn't changed much in the last 90 years I imagine it will stay fairly similar for the next 90 years.
Available from http://www.poppyshop.org.uk
(not in total word count)
In Flanders' Fields
John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.
Summary: A beautiful way to remember
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