Arabian Gulf Super Cup Trophy

ARABIAN GULF SUPER CUP TROPHY

THE ART

Soccer. Being the most popular and widely practiced sport in the United Arab Emirates, the country hosts the United Arab Emirates Super Cup, which is commonly known as the Arabian Gulf Super Cup, producing outstanding teams and individual players on both the club, and international level.

In the year 2018, ROYAL INSIGNIA had the greatest honor and prestige of designing and crafting a bespoke trophy for the champions of the Arabian Gulf Super Cup. In creating the trophy, our team of Master Craftsmen with more than 3 decades of experience in metal work performed the complete process in-house to maintain top quality. Our designers worked closely with the hosts of the Arabian Gulf Super Cup organizers to come up with a trophy that would embody the significance of the event and the country’s culture.  

Our team of Craftsmen then worked tirelessly to sculpt the trophy’s frame out of pure sterling silver – a soft and precious metal that requires much care and experience in handling. Meticulous attention to detail was essential to produce the intricate palm tree lattices and fort-like grooves with great precision.

CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

Dating back to ancient Rome, palm branches were awarded to victorious athletes in Greece. Thus, incorporating elements of Middle Eastern culture, our mastercraftsmen constructed the trophy’s body to represent the branch of a palm tree, symbolizing victory and triumph, as well as peace, and eternal life.

Palm trees also play a significant role in the country’s historical development, as they are lined up along the gates to the Al Masmak Fortress, a 19th century historical landmark of Saudi Arabia with a collection of ancient artifacts. In addition, the sharp jagged design along the body of the trophy is symbolic of Saudi Arabia’s architectural prowess. Clay and mud-brick forts which make up the Al Masmak Fortress were built around 1865 by the prince of Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan, and thereafter used by King Abdulaziz from 1902 to 1938.

Moreover, the uprising divergence of columns from the trophy base to the championship crown resembles the Arabian Gulf Super Cup Logo, which embodies the colors of the United Arab Emirates Flag and has columns leading up to two stars  – Red, to exemplify bravery, strength, and courage. Green, to represent hope, optimism, and prosperity. White, for peace and honesty, and black for the defeat of the country’s enemies and a strong mentality. Furthermore, the columns represent an athlete’s journey of perseverance, determination, hard work as he or she ascends to greatness – the red stars in the logo, depicted by the crown on the trophy, therefore embodies the notion of integrity, victory, and sporting excellence, a testament to the glory and honor of being an athlete.

Orders, Decorations, and Medals

ORDERS, DECORATIONS AND MEDALS

Orders, Decorations and Medals are symbols representing the honors conferred upon deserving individuals.  The differences between Orders, Decorations, and Medals are subtle and may easily be mistaken by the layperson.

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ORDERS

Orders are societies of merit usually given by Royals or Heads of State as tokens of appreciation and recognition of outstanding achievements or exceptional service over a long period of time. Orders usually have different levels or grades, as well as respective ways of wearing them according to their classes. A recipient who has been promoted within an order wears only the insignia that represents the highest grade awarded, and therefore must remove the insignia of the preceding grade or return it to the administrator of the Order.

DECORATIONS

Decorations are conferred for acts of gallantry in combat, or for bravery or meritorious service in a single event or over a specific period of time. The insignia is only awarded to an individual once. If there were further actions that meet the criteria for the same decoration, a bar would be awarded and worn on the initial decoration in order to denote a second award to the recipient.

MEDALS

Medals are awarded for participation in a military campaign or operation, service under exceptional circumstances, as well as for long and loyal service to the organization. Medals also commemorate royal or national anniversaries and include the lower classes of Orders in some countries and states such as the 4th and 5th classes. Ribbon bars may also be added to campaign or service medals to specify the service being recognized. On long service awards, ribbon bars denote additional periods of eligible service.

 

 

 

 

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Metaphor of a Vow

 

METAPHOR OF A VOW

Tale of a Royal Wedding Gift

On a cool spring morning, the smell of dew and freshly cut grass filled the air. Peals of laughter erupted from the garden, echoing down stately halls to reach the library where he sat, reviewing official documents. Abruptly he rose from his seat, signalling two attendants to rush to his side. They fussed over his robe and hair, aiming for nothing short of immaculate.

Accompanied by the two attendants, the young monarch strolled leisurely down the corridors to arrive at the palace garden. A parasol was readied over him as he crossed the threshold and approached his family, all engrossed in conversation over fragrant hot butter tea and copious amounts of khur le.

His eyes drew to her graceful form intuitively. Adorned in a white tego and kira, she looked almost angelic as she sat in the grass, reading a children’s book to the little ones. She turned from her storytelling to flash him a gentle but radiant smile. Emboldened, he leaned toward the group and asked if they might be interested to accompany him on a hike to bring back some cosmos flowers for his mother.

“I’ll come along with you.” She volunteered, causing the kids to promptly follow suit.

And so the hiking party embarked up the mountain in search of cosmos flowers, fussy attendants and all. They eventually stumbled upon a field of them, swaying gently in the spring breeze. Just as he was about to pluck a few that he found particularly striking, she placed her hand on his arm.

“Let’s leave them here. I’ll paint a picture of them for your mother instead.”

Touched by her kindness, he couldn’t help but say, “When we grow up, if I’m not wed and you’re not wed, I would like you to be my wife.” It was there, amongst a field of dancing flowers, that he made a vow of love to her.

Promises 
Promises are made as an act of a commitment to something or someone. There are varying types of promises; some are made solemnly and commemorated with a ceremony such as marriage vows or military oaths, whereas others may be made under legal binding contracts enforceable by law. An oath or an affirmation may be considered a promise, however, at ROYAL INSIGNIA, our gifts are much like vows, signifying a sense of commitment to our work, and our customers.
The Immortalization of A Memory

Time is an unstoppable force which inevitably erodes memories or emotions. It is through reminders to ourselves and our loved ones that memories are retained and immortalized through time. Reminders could be represented by little acts of love, or permanently manifest itself in a timeless gift.

Throughout our history as purveyors of fine gifts, ROYAL INSIGNIA demonstrates a sensitivity for poignant gifts such as the bespoke wedding gift for the Bhutan Royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyei Wangchuck and his wife, Jetsun Pema. The gift design was inspired by traditional Buddhist symbols such as the bhavacakra (wheel of life), which represents the essence of Buddhist teachings. Gilded in 18 Karat gold, the piece was set with a resplendent melange of precious stones including diamonds, yellow sapphires, rubies and citrines.

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The Art of Gifting

THE ART OF GIFTING

100 YEARS OF RUYI

It was a warm humid evening in the late fall of 2005 and the artisans were summoned to present themselves at short notice. The air was still and the instructions were plain simple – a gift for her. The artisans exchanged glances and awkwardly probed him for more details. “What is she like..?” His eyes softened at the thought of her. The Prince was a proud man. He gazed beyond the confines of the room and said, “I need something meaningful, something grandeur, a bespoke gift… Something that nobody else has. I want it to be a symbol of love from me, to her.” He turned back to the artisans, “Do it right.” He abruptly left the room and waved his hands as a signal for the artisans to roam her quarters to find inspiration for their architectural designs.

The interior of the palace was furnished with dark cherry wood furniture, and cushioned with pale pink and dark red velvet silk drapes. The tables and shelves were elegantly decorated with ornate gold vases with huge bouquets of pink lilies. As one of the artisans leaned in to smell the flowers, the chamber maid entered the room and mentioned that the Princess would have fresh bouquets of those flowers delivered everyday. Also, a calligraphy scroll hung beside the lilies. It was an ancient poem, written so eloquently of Ruyi – a traditional scepter of good luck. Inspired by what they saw, the artisans bowed to thank the maid for her hospitality as they left.

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Back in the atelier, the artisans studied the history of the Ruyi in detail; an s-shaped scepter with its head resembling a cloud, the Ruyi stood as a symbol of good luck and longevity. Inspired by the poem of this auspicious object, our artisans created a natural landscape composed of the Princess’s favorite flowers arranged in the form of a Ruyi scepter. The lilies were carved out of rose quartz and stamens of amethyst briolettes, with turquoise green enamel add as a finishing flourish to the petals.

Our artisans were bewildered at their own creation. Beaming with pride, they were confident that they done it right, as the Prince requested.

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Gifting is so much more than the physical exchange of objects — it is a form of communication and an establishment of a mutual understanding between two people. When personalized thought is put into the creation of a bespoke gift for someone, it not only stands as a gesture of kindness or generosity, but it also represents a sense of intimacy; that the relationship shared between two people ought to be commemorated.

The key to gifting is to get the right gift. Nothing else would spell disastrous than an inappropriate or a thoughtless gift. What is the purpose of your gift? What message are you trying to convey to your recipient? All it takes is for us to understand the three aspects of gifting. We can start with observing and reflecting upon what kind of emotions do we wish to express unto the receiver of the gift, or what kind of occasion are we trying to commemorate.

Give by Observing

The first step towards giving a meaningful gift is through observation. By paying attention to what loved ones say, what their interests are, or what means a lot to them, one may be able to formulate some ideas. Also, by thinking about the functionality of a gift, one may also choose to gift something which would make the receiver’s life more comfortable.

Give for Good Luck

On many occasions, like a housewarming party or graduation, one may wish to give a gift that wishes the recipient good fortune and prosperity. Tap into the myths and symbolism associated with auspiciousness and good luck and get creative. Moonstone, agate, and the owl are renown to bring protection and good fortune, whilst turquoise, peridot, and the frog are known to assist in healing. The recipient however, may not be superstitious to fully believe the myth itself, but they would certainly appreciate the thought process behind it.

Give as a Form of Expression

Giving a gift is more than just a gesture, it is a message that we wish to communicate to the recipient. A message to wish them well, good fortune, good health, peace, or love. The great sociologist Marcel Mauss wrote that gift giving comes in threefold – the giving, the acceptance and the reciprocation. To give a gift, we send a message to the recipient whether it is out of love, sympathy, or respect. For the recipient to accept, psychologically, they are accepting the message you are trying to put across. If the recipient reciprocates by giving in return, it shows an initiative to strengthen the relationship between the both of you through a sense of reciprocation.

The Art of Gifting by Royal Insignia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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L’HEURE- A LUXURY OF TIME

ROYAL INSIGNIA INTRODUCES L’HEURE- A LUXURY OF TIME

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Royal Insignia, the Singapore based makers of medals, jewellery and fine gifts have introduced a lovely new collection of desk clocks titled L’heure – A Luxury of time The L’heure collection defines Royal Insignia’s long standing tradition for creating fine objet d’art. These clocks display fine craftsmanship inspired by nature and stylized natural forms – a design of refinery and elegance. Using only choice materials, these clocks sit perfectly within a boardroom, or make the perfect gift for that discerning special someone. The Royal Insignia L’heure collection in more detail:
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Magnificent Golden Canary set in semi-precious stones perched upon a gold gilded cherry blossom carved with rose quartz.
The green aventurine oriental pagoda is set on rock crystal which is slated on a deep blue lapis lazuli.Adorned with semi-precious stones, the Phoenix soars above a rock crystal mountain which sits beside a beautifully carved green aventurine Bonsai tree. This piece is mounted on a deep blue Lapis Lazuli base.
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The next piece in the collection is a black onyx desk clock with mother of pearl clock face, hanging between two grand pillars. The pillars are intricately decorated with several semi-precious stones, black onyx, malachite and gold detailing.This beautiful piece is slated on a black onyx base. Last and by no means least, we have probably the most classically styled piece within the collection. The Black Stallion is set upon rock crystal back with a black mother of pearl clock face. This piece has exquisite 22k gold tassels that frame the piece on either side. It is mounted on red jasper with mother of pearl detailing.