Diamond Database – The Queen’s brooches

This page lists Her Majesty’s brooches. Many of them gifts were over the course of her reign, and they must hold many memories for her. Accessorising almost all her official and working day outfits, it seems to be a good opportunity to take a look at this vast collection and show you all the pieces she owns, with their history if at all possible.

The brooches are separated into categories according to their stones or colour, should you wish to find out about one in particular, being able to identify it only by its stone or colour. More links will come as the ‘database of diamonds’ expands.

So let’s take a look at The Queen’s brooches – enjoy!

Diamond brooches:

adel

Adelaide’s brooch

clip

Art deco clip

wattle

Australian Wattle

bja

BJA dove

bots

Botswana millet

city

City of London lily

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Cullinan III & IV

cul 5

Cullinan V

cul 6

Cullinan VI & VIII

daff

Daffodil

bars

Diamond bars

_cockade

Diamond cockade

Queen Mary's Dorset bow brooch

Dorest bow

teckDuchess of Teck’s flower fei

FEI horseshoes

rhod

Flame lily

flower

Flower basket

_FrostedSunflowerBrooch

Frosted sunflower

rose

Gold flower

_RoseGold (2)

Golden rose

ivy

Greville ivy leaves

_IrishBlossom

Irish flower

jardine

Jardine star

lover

Lover’s knot

maple

Maple leaf

fern

New Zealand fern

nizam

Nizam of Hyderabad roses

palm

Queen Mother’s palm leaf (paisley)

petal

Six petal flower

thistle

Three thistle

bar

Three bar diamond

vanguard

Vanguard rose

Queen-Victoria-s-Bow-Brooch60

Victoria’s bows

fringe

Victoria’s fringe

wheat

Victoria’s wheat ears

williamson

Williamson diamond

Sources and recommendations:

Certain pieces are easy to research and look-up and are searchable on the internet, or in books, though others can be tricky. For this reason, I sometimes defer to the more knowledgeable authors of Order of Splendour, an informative and detailed site covering the European jewel collections too, or From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault, their sister site.

There are some fab books available on The Queen’s jewellery, and I recommend Leslie Fields’ ‘The Queen’s Jewels’, Suzy Menkes’ ‘The Royal Jewels’ and Hugh Roberts’ ‘The Queen’s Diamonds’, which I reference in the series, but bear in mind the first two are almost 30 years old now(!).

The former focusses solely on Elizabeth II’s collection, and Menkes’s book features jewels from Victoria to Diana. Of interest to Royal watchers of fashion and jewellery, is a book by Angela Kelly, The Queen’s dresser and assistant, called ‘Dressing The Queen: A Jubilee Wardrobe’. It was released, unsurprisingly, for the Jubilee in 2012, and it is a great look at how Her Majesty’s wardrobe works, and is put together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sapphires, aquamarines and blue brooches:

rus albert

Albert’s sapphire brooch

Aquamarine clips

 

Aquamarine with laurel wreath

aqua

Brazilian aquamarine

feather

Carrington feather

chrys

Chrysanthemum brooch

graper

Grape brooch

russ

Queen Mary’s Russian brooch

qm aqua

Queen Mother’s aquarmarine clip

flower

Queen mother’s sapphire flower

pendant

Russian Empress Sapphire pendant

russian

Russian sapphire

 turq

Turquoise brooch

Rubies and pink stone brooches:

 

Australian Hibiscus

 

Enamel Maple leaves

 

Gold lace work bunch

 

Grima ruby star

 

Queen Mother’s ruby bouquet

 

Red posy

 

Ruby butterfly

 

Ruby double flower clips

 

Ruby flower vine

 

Ruby spray

 

Saskatchewan flower

 

Small pink stone

 

Tudor rose

 

Victoria’s ruby pendant

 

white stamp