It’s not at all surprising that, in a monarchy which is over 1200 years old, Elizabeth would have inherited some priceless pieces of jewels.
Where some were made for her, the others were inherited from her ancestors or were gifted to her.
Here’s a peek inside her precious jewellery box.
THE IMPERIAL STATE CROWN.
In the year 1967, Queen Elizabeth wore the Imperial State Crown along with the diamond necklace she had worn for her coronation. This crown was made for the coronation of King George VI in 1937 and is set with 2868 diamonds.
The diamonds are in silver mounts, largely table, rose and brilliant-cut. The crown even has coloured stones in gold mounts. This includes 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 269 pearls.
For a royal gala at the Covent Garden in the 1970’s, Her Majesty wore a tiara made from rubies. This was given to her by the Burmese people on the day of her coronation.
THE JAPANESE PEARL CHOKER.
This is a four-strand pearl choker with a diamond pendant. It was commissioned for Queen Elizabeth by the then Japanese government in the early period of 1980’s. Since then, she’s seen wearing it on some royal events and ceremonies. Also, it has been seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate as well.
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CROWN AMETHYST SUITE OF JEWELS.
This is one of Queen Elizabeth’s striking and mesmerising set. It includes a diamond brooch, necklace and earrings and is known as the Crown Amethyst Suite of Jewels. It originally belonged to Queen Victoria’s mother. Queen Elizabeth is seen wearing it on March 26, 1985.
THE RUSSIAN FRINGE TIARA.
For a state banquet in Iceland on June 25, 1990, the Queen donned the Russian Fringe Tiara, which she wore to her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.
THE CULLINAN V-HEART DIAMOND BROOCH.
This piece of jewellery was originally designed for Queen Mary in 1911. This one was inherited by Her Majesty. The Queen is pictured wearing it on March 9, 1989. It is about 19 carats.
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This yellow gold, ruby, and diamond ‘Scarab Brooch’ is one of the favourites of Queen Elizabeth’s. It was gifted to her by the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip, in 1960’s.
THE FLOWER BASKET BROOCH.
This charming jewelled basket of flowers made out in a royal brooch was gifted to Queen Elizabeth by her parents after the birth of her firstborn, Prince Charles in the year, 1948.
THE LOVERS KNOT BROOCH.
The bow-shaped diamond brooch was worn by Queen Elizabeth, on the wedding of her grandchild, Prince William to Kate Middleton. Hence, is known as the Lover’s Knot brooch and was also a part of Queen Mary’s collection.
THE CROWN RUBY NECKLACE.
For Her Majesty’s official country visit to Germany on June 24, 2015, she was spotted wearing the Crown Ruby necklace. It was designed by, Prince Albert for Queen Victoria. Furthermore, the rubies were part of Queen Mother’s collection until her death in the year 2002.
THREE STRAND PEARL NECKLACE.
This three-strand pearl necklace is a high-time favourite of Queen Elizabeth. This is because, she is seen wearing it frequently. Perhaps, it is a go-to jewel for the Queen because it was gifted to her by her father, King George.