History from across the centuries, Royalty from the 21st

Sun 22nd April, 2018

The Queen’s Jewellery: Victoria’s fringe brooch

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

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. She is also a keen reader (usually something historical), baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe. Miss Howard also works closely with the British Monarchist Foundation as their Press Secretary and Spokesman.

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