Five iconic jewels of the British royal family. During her lifetime, the Queen lent one of the necklaces only to her favorite Kate
The British royal family has a really wide jewelry collection. In addition, her pieces are inherited; for example, what Princess Diana wore is now worn by Princess Kate, etc. We have selected five iconic pieces of jewelry that caught our attention and that we can only dream of owning.
Sapphire Engagement Ring
The ring created by Garrard Jewelry is perhaps the most famous engagement ring ever. It was first worn by Princess Diana, and then her son Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with her. An oval sapphire set in eighteen-carat white gold surrounds fourteen diamonds, and its price was estimated at 1.3 million crowns at the time of Diana’s engagement.
Now, however, it would be much more. Not only because of the rising price of gold but also because of the story behind this piece of jewelry. An interesting fact is that Princess Diana was not surprised by this ring but chose it herself in a jewelry store.
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Queen Mary’s Tiara
The diadem of diamonds set in gold and silver was made in 1919, as the name suggests, for Queen Mary. However, the diamonds used were originally part of a necklace that Queen Victoria gave Maria as a wedding gift in 1893.
The price is estimated at more than 200 million crowns. Queen Elizabeth II wore a tiara on her wedding day. It was later worn by her daughter Princess Anne at her wedding, and in 2020, the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Beatrice of York wore it at her wedding.
The Crown of St. Edward
Of course, we must not forget one of the crown jewels of the British kingdom, the so-called Crown of St. Edward. It is a copy of the original St. Edward’s crown, which was made in 1661. It has been modified several times over the years.
The golden crown is decorated with 275 jewels, has four crosses and four lilies on the sides, and inside is a velvet cap with ermine trim. Her weight is over two kilograms. It is put on the head of the new British monarch during the coronation ceremony; otherwise, it is displayed with other jewels in the Tower of London.
The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace
Among the most valuable jewels that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II was the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace. We call it that after the ruler of the Indian kingdom of Hyderabad, who gave a necklace to Elizabeth II as a wedding gift.
The British monarch herself chose the necklace and tiara from the Cartier collection. The value of the jewel, which, apart from Elizabeth II, Princess Kate also had the honor of paying, is estimated at less than two billion crowns. Among other things, it is set with 38 brilliant-cut diamonds and was inspired by the motif of English roses.
Burmese ruby tiara
Another tiara that we have on Elizabeth II, which they could see many times, is a Burmese ruby. Recently, Queen Consort Camilla also brought her into society. Elizabeth II.
She had the tiara custom-made in 1973 for 96 rubies. These were originally part of the necklaces she received from the people of Burma as a wedding gift. The tiara is supposed to resemble a flower wreath.