I don’t know about you, but I was very curious as to what the royalties have in their jewelry boxes. I imagine it’s not a box though, but more of a walk in closet dedicated to all sorts of accessories.
Today I’d like to explore Queen Elizabeth II’s impressive collection of jewelry. As the head of the British Royal Family, the Queen has her very own collection known as The Queen’s Jewels (in addition to the collection she acquired when she ascended the throne). The collection has been passed down through history from monarch to monarch. Many of the items were brought from foreign lands during British Empire’s extended rule over other countries.
That’s all very fascinating and if you like impersonating the queen over afternoon tea with your friends, you will need the following accesories:
1. Jewelry set (brazilian aquamarine):
The necklace and earrings of this aquamarine set were a gift from the Brazilian president on the day of her coronation, in 1953.
After that, she received a brooch and a bracelet with the same design. And later a headband was ordered to complete the collection. This set is part of her favorite jewelry.
This set is awesome. Not all women could use it. In fact, the only person who look good on that is “Your Majesty the Queen”…
2. Royal Brooches:
These brooches are part of the Queen’s Personal Jewelry Collection. The first brooch is made with two Cambridge emeralds and diamonds. It was originally made in 1911 as part of the “Delhi Durbar Stomacher”. A few years later, it was modified to be used separately. As seen here:
Other famous brooches are the “Cullinan III” and “Cullinan V”. Since May 15 of 2012, Caroline de Guitaut keeps both brooches on the Queen’s Gallery, at Buckingham Palace.
This particular brooch has a rare diamond of 18.8 carats. The diamond has been fixed in platinum with the intention of emphasizing the shape of the heart. The diamond was a gift from the South African government to Queen Mary. The current owner is Queen Elizabeth II.
A cameo brooch is a work of art that now is rarely seen. I’m not sure if this brooch belongs to Queen Elizabeth II, but I think I must mention it. This brooch was made in 1860 and it has a white and black stone with 15 diamonds. It is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.
3. Queen Mary’s necklace:
This necklace was a gift to Queen Mary, when she visited India in 1911, with King George V to attend the Durbar of New Delhi. But the Queen Mary added a marquise diamond of 11.5 carats to the central piece of emerald. Then Queen Elizabeth II inherited the necklace in 1953. She weared it an infinity of times, including the meetings with Nelson Mandela and King Juan Carlos.
This tiara with sapphires was bought in 1963 to match a jewelry set that Queen Elizabeth I gave to Queen Elizabeth II on her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947. This jewelry set and tiara with sapphires are part of the Personal collection of the Queen.
The tiaras are considered the definitive symbol of the real power. They have evolved over the centuries into the most luxurious and sophisticated versions according to their owners. They came back into fashion in the nineteenth century. The first tiaras made by Cartier date back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Economic tiaras options:
If you want to have a luxury tiara, to feel like the Queen, I recommend you to give an opportunity to the luxurious options of Etsy. Maybe the stones are not real, but they look beautiful.
A handmade tiara for all the princesses out there – Price: $90.00
Rhinestone crown tiara – Price: $98.00
Economic jewelry options:
I’ve checked the jewelry of Queen Elizabeth II and none of her items are for sale. She neither appreciate when someones bother her with such requests. I’ve found some real pieces of jewelry for us on Aliexpress. Here are my results:
Royal blue saphire necklace – Price: $43.74
Royal turquoise engagement rings – Price: $1.31 – 2.57
Crystal jewelry set – Price: $7.19
Emerald crystal ring – Price: $0.99
I think this is as close as any of us can get to feel real. What do you think about the jewelry collection of Queen Elizabeth II? 🙂