The recent visit of Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, brought excitement not only to Czech schools, but also into the world of Czech arts and crafts. The Countess came to Prague to award and support young Czechs taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award, which supports young people in their personal development. To the award ceremony, HRH took a piece of jewellery from the Czech brand ©STEFANY.
During the two-day visit, HRH met active participants of the Award, students of schools involved in the Award and successful Czech women, and she also got to know Czech fashion and crafts.
Since 2013, the Countess of Wessex has been a global ambassador of the Award. In her role, she has visited several countries to support the local development of the Award. Working with young people is crucial also for the Czech jeweller Štěpánka Tóth Kurfiřtová. That is why she recently decided to start cooperating with the Award, which gave her the opportunity to take part in the royal visit.
The exceptional skills of the Czech jeweller were appreciated by the Countess. To the Gold Award ceremony of The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award, she took a piece of jewellery that she received as a gift.
For over twenty years, Štěpánka has been creating original jewels from natural stones combined with precious metals. As part of her support of the Award, Štěpánka gave one of her unique jewels to The Countess of Wessex. Choosing the gift was not easy. Štěpánka eventually chose an interesting brooch from feather agate.
“It has been an incredible experience and a great honour that the Countess so spontaneously appreciated the beauty of my work. The elegance with which HRH wore the brooch took my breath away,” says Štěpánka.
Štěpánka is involved in promoting Czech jewellery at home and abroad and actively supports young, talented students of arts schools.
“It is important not to forget the Czech tradition and skills of our artisans, who can create world-class products. We have always had this tradition in this country, but today it is increasingly difficult to break through in international competition. I believe the key to success lies in supporting young talents and able artisans,” says the jeweller.