This show-stopping brooch features a large emerald-cut brilliant diamond encircled by brilliant cut diamonds, with an outer row of 12 large diamonds. Nine strings of diamonds are suspended from this.
The brooch was made for Queen Victoria in 1856 by Garrard. An existing piece in Victoria’s jewellery collection was remodelled with stones from the Sultan of Turkey, which she received in the same year.
The Queen Mother was fond of the piece, wearing it to her daughter’s coronation in 1953 and Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981. Like The Queen, both women wear their favourite and historical pieces to important family events.
It was made to sit in the centre of the chest, when low necklines were fashionable and complimented such a brooch, but The Queen generally wears it on her shoulder. A heavy piece no doubt!
Photo: UK in France