Queen Elizabeth II’s jewellery is a stunning way to take a trip down memory lane as she celebrates her 92nd birthday this April. Her Majesty has two birthdays – a real one and an official one. The official one is celebrated on the second Saturday of June, but her real date of birth is 21st April. To mark this royal occasion, come and take a nostalgic look with us at some of the beautiful jewels that she reportedly loves the most…
1. Engagement Ring
Her Majesty’s engagement ring is her smallest piece of diamond jewellery. However, we’re sure it’s the one she holds the dearest. It’s a platinum ring with a 3-carat solitaire diamond, shouldered by five smaller stones. Prince Philip was very involved in designing it and the diamonds in it came from his mother’s tiara.
2. Classic Pearls
It’s plain to see from her outfits that The Queen is a huge lover of pearl jewellery. Her Majesty is especially famous for wearing multiple-strand pearl necklaces. However, her most famous double pearls, which she wore on her wedding day, are in fact two separate necklaces. They were the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Necklaces, a wedding gift from her parents. Below, she’s pictured in pearls 36 years ago. This lovely picture was taken in 1982, when she attended a children’s rally on Honiara, one of the Solomon Islands.
3. Royal Emeralds
The Queen has an extensive and beautiful collection of emeralds. The Cambridge emeralds, which she wears as part of the Vladimir tiara in the picture below, have a fascinating story. They were won in a charity raffle by Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, the original Duchess of Cambridge. Augusta was Queen Mary’s grandmother, so they were eventually inherited by Queen Elizabeth II, and they are among her dearest jewels.
4. Red Rubies
The Queen’s Burmese ruby tiara was commissioned by her, and made by Garrard & Co. The 96 rubies mounted into it were a wedding present from the people of Burma (now Myanmar), and they’re said to bring her luck. The tiara’s design features a wreath of ruby “roses” with silver and diamond petals.
5. Brazilian Aquamarines
The President of Brazil gave Queen Elizabeth II a stunning aquamarine necklace and earring set as a coronation gift in 1953. In 1958, they gave her a matching brooch and bracelet. Her Majesty obviously loved the aquamarine jewellery. She later commissioned Garrard & Co to create her a matching tiara with detachable brooches.
We hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane and celebrating The Queen’s life through her jewellery. Take part in our poll below. Tell us whether you prefer her diamonds, pearls, emeralds or rubies.