The Queen’s famous diamond diadem is to go on display at Buckingham Palace, as part of an exhibition to celebrate her upcoming Jubilee. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration will showcase a number of personal pieces of the monarch’s jewellery, but with its 1,333 brilliant cut diamonds and row upon row of pearls, the iconic diadem is sure to take centre stage.
The Jubilee is the perfect time to take a look at some of the Queen’s other celebrated jewels, whether she inherited them or acquired them during her 60 year reign.
One of the most obvious examples, other than the diadem, is the British Crown Jewels, which is kept in the Tower of London and set with over 3,000 precious stones – including the Second Star of Africa, the second largest stone cut from the renowned Cullinan Diamond.
However, Her Majesty is also the proud owner of the Prince Albert broach, which was given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert the day before they got married, Queen Mary’s ruby earrings, and a suite of emerald jewellery which includes another stunning diadem.
If you’re inspired by the Queen’s many gems but are looking for something slightly more understated than a crown, the stores of Hatton Garden can help. They are just a short tube journey from Buckingham Palace, and have a superb range of antique and contemporary jewellery. Why not pay them a visit?