Queen Elizabeth II’s Jewellery Collection: A True Tale of Exquisite Jewels!
Talking about its worth? And it is a million dollar question. She has never allowed any gemmologist to study her jewels but its value is undoubtedly a huge one. That its valuation is high is assumed observing the jewels themselves and the involvement of the royal family.
The Queen’s Jewels, as it is fondly called, were brought from distant lands during civil wars or they were presented as gifts. This prized jewellery collection has been passed down to her through several generations, dated back as old as sixteenth century. Let’s have a quick glance at a few priceless jewelleries that form an integral part of the Queen’s jewel vault.
One of prolific jewelled crowns, this diadem was created for King George IV’s coronation. Weighing more than 327 carats, it is embellished with 1333 diamonds as well as 169 pearls. In 1953, Her Majesty first wore it at coronation. Every year she loves to flaunt it during the procession to the State Opening of Parliament.
King George Three Tiara
Made from sparkling diamonds belonging to King George III, this tiara, also known as ‘Russian Fringe Tiara’, was later presented to Queen Elizabeth II by her mother-in-law in the year 1937. Later the Queen gifted it to her daughter during her wedding.
The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara
Of course, it was another lovely jewel from Queen’s jewel vault. As the name suggests, this jewellery was brought by a girl’s committee of Great Britain as well as Ireland in the year 1893 for the-then future Queen Mary. Later this illustrious jewel was presented to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding gift from her grandmother Queen Mary.
The Vladimir Tiara
After purchasing this jewel from a duchess, Queen Mary replaced teardrop pearls with 15 cabochon emeralds from Cambridge but it may be easily readjusted to fit pearls. Later, the Queen Elizabeth II received this jewel from her grandmother.
The Burmese Ruby Tiara
Tiara in the shape of a wreath of red coloured roses! Her Majesty thought it so. She ordered Garrand and Co. to design this unique piece with ninety six rubies being gifted to her by Burmese people. Gold, silver and diamond jewels also are used for decorating this spectacular jewel.
Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara
The sparkling bling is Queen’s favourite. She got the necklace as well as earrings by the Brazilian president and Brazilian people during her coronation, in 1953, almost sixty years ago. In the year 1958, they presented huge brooch as well as one bracelet to match the set. The Queen got this matching tiara and this parure is worn for several evening galas till date.
The Cambridge Lover's Knot
It was Princess Diana’s favourite jewel too which she received as a wedding gift from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Later Diana returned it to the royal family after her divorce from husband, Prince Charles. Modelled after a beautiful tiara owned by Queen Mary’s grandmother, it has 19 diamond frames, with each frame being placed below a bow of lovers knot.
Princess Andrew of Greece’s Meander Tiara
This tiara was presented as a wedding gift to the-then Princess Elizabeth from her mother-in-law Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. Even today, this sparkling piece is an integral part of Her Majesty’s treasures.
The Russian Kokoshnik Tiara
Created with sixty one platinum bars and four hundred and eighty eight diamonds, the-then Princess, who became Queen Elizabeth II later, wished it to look just like kokoshnik, a headdress of a girl from Russia.
Cartier Halo Tiara
Got as a gift from her mother on eighteenth birthday, this dazzling tiara is unique in itself. In 2011, Her Majesty lent it to Prince William’s bride, Catherine Middleton during their wedding.
Stud Earrings of Queen Victoria
These dazzling stud earrings were worn by Queen Victoria and later Queen Elizabeth too wore them in 1961. These stunning are Queen Elizabeth’s favourite pieces for all time.
Pear Drop Earrings
These dazzling earrings have two diamond studs and one pear shaped huge diamond on bottom. Later The Queen lent them to the Princess Diana during her visit to Austria for the first time. It’s a pair of earrings to be treasured for lifetime.
Chandelier Earrings of the King George VI
The Queen received these dazzling Chandelier earrings as wedding gift from her parents, King George Six and Queen Elizabeth I. They have intricate diamond cut and they often are divided in three drops.
Necklace Gifted by Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal
Received as gift from Saudi Arabian King Faisal during his visit to England, this jewel is a class in itself. It is a necklace with a fringe and it is embellished with brilliant diamonds.
Pearl necklaces of Queen Caroline & Queen Anne
These dazzling necklaces were owned by Queen Anne and Queen Caroline and later they were given to Queen Elizabeth II as wedding gift by her own father. Assumed to be worth more than 4,000,000 pounds, these necklaces are embellished with huge graduated pearls as well as clasps.
Necklace gifted by Saudi Arabian King Khalid
The design is just like sunray featuring multiple round as well as pear like diamonds. In 1979, Saudi Arabian King Khalid presented this necklace to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1947 King George prepared one necklace with 105 diamonds being placed in three strands. Queen Elizabeth II wore it in an event.
Inherited from Queen Mary, this brooch is the most expensive one that costs more than 50,000,000 pounds. While one diamond weighs 63.6 shaped like a cushion, the other one is pear shaped weighing more than 94 carats.
Sapphire Brooch offered by Prince Albert
A jewel in blue! This huge oblong blue sapphire is bounded by at least twelve diamonds. In 1840, Prince Albert gifted this brooch to Queen Victoria prior to wedding. And Queen Elizabeth II inherited it later. It costs around 4, 000,000 pounds.
Garrard & Co designed three big bow brooches for Queen Victoria. It comprises of over five hundred and six diamonds. Later it was modified in order to accommodate huge emerald drop or even huge pearl earring. In 1989, its value was estimated to be around 225,000 pounds.
The-then princess Elizabeth along with Princess Margaret was being presented with beautiful coronets in 1937 prior to their parents’ coronation. Till date, the Queen Elizabeth II owes it as valuable gift of her parents.
King George Six Victorian Suite
It was a priceless wedding suite that was gifted by King George VI to her lovely daughter Elizabeth. This eloquent suite comprises oblong sapphire necklace framed by expensive diamonds and one pair of exquisite earrings. In 1952, the Queen removed largest sapphire from necklace and again in 1959, she made new pendant by using same sapphire. Four years later, she made one matching tiara as well as bracelet.
Collet Necklace as well as Earrings of Queen Victoria
This stunning necklace of Queen Victoria consists of 29 collet diamonds that weigh 161 carats and the pendant is the famous Lahore diamond that itself weighs more than 22 carats. Earrings are pear shaped diamond drops that were actually made from ruby necklace she once owned. Queen Elizabeth II inherited it from Queen Victoria and worn it in several occasions.
Mary of Teck Turquoise Parure
Originally gifted to Queen Mary on her engagement in 1893, it now became an integral part of Queen Elizabeth’s jewel vault. Tiara has diamonds as well as turquoise that look just like sunburnt piece as well as rococo scrolls. In the centre, there is a huge turquoise and it is also surrounded by diamond as well as pear shaped turquoise stones. Earrings are designed to match with this spectacular tiara. The long necklace has 26 turquoise stones as well as diamond clusters. Bangle, suite, bow brooches, collets, chain bracelets, ring and one pair of clusters form part of this superb set.
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