The folks over at Weta have announced that they are launching a new line of fine Lord of the Rings jewelry.
The first piece to be offered is a replica of the Elven Leaf Brooch that was given to each member of the Fellowship by Galadriel and Celeborn in Lothlórien.
Crafted in Sterling Silver with green enamel inlay, the brooch measures 2.6″ x 1.8″ x 0.3″ [ 6.5cm x 4.5cm x 8mm] (H x W x D) and comes with a Sterling Silver chain that will allow the brooch to be worn as a pendant.
The brooch comes nestled inside a drawstring pouch made of Stansborough wool cloth, the same material that the Fellowship’s cloaks were made of, and measures 5.5 x 3.5in / 14 cm x 8.5 cm.
Weta has said that each fine jewelry piece they will be releasing will be in small numbers, so collectors are urged to get their orders in as soon as possible.
The Weta Elven Leaf Brooch may only be for the very serious collector, however, as the piece comes with a hefty price tag of USD$225!
Fans/collectors may also remember another Elven Leaf Brooch replica released by The Noble Collection when the Lord of the Ringsfilms were still in theaters. Noble’s version of the brooch is also crafted in Sterling Silver with green enamel inlay but does not come with a Sterling Silver chain or wool pouch. The brooch comes in a plain white jewelry box with a card of authenticity and is still available through their website at only USD$95.
I have Noble’s version of the brooch and am quite pleased with the craftsmanship. Is the Weta piece better? Probably, knowing that Weta is the same group responsible for all the fabulous props seen in The Lord of the Ringstrilogy and will be seen in the upcoming The Hobbit films. The presentation of the Weta brooch is certainly better than Noble’s.
If presentation is as important to you as the craftsmanship of the piece, then I would say the Weta Elven Leaf Brooch is the one you want. If all you want is the brooch, order the one from Noble.
Weta, The Lord of the Rings: Elven Leaf Brooch
Noble Collection’s Elven Leaf Brooch