Queen Victoria’s fringe brooch was made in 1856 by R. & S. Garrard—it’s actually remodeled from a piece of jewelry that the Sultan of Turkey gave her that same year. Nine diamond chains hang from the 12 large brilliants surrounding the emerald-cut brilliant in the middle. No wonder the Queen Mum wore the brooch to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at their first opening of Parliament. Alexandra is wearing a small coronet on top of a ‘widow’s peak’ hat and veil, in deference to her deceased mother-in-law, Queen Victoria, and the Bow Brooches suspending chains of collet diamonds on her dress, Queen Adelaide’s Brooch at her waist, Queen Victoria’s Fringe Brooch at he neck and Queen Victoria’s Bracelet on her left wrist. 1901.
Queen Victoria’s Fringe Brooch from 1856 by R & S Garrard, featuring a large emerald-cut brilliant stone surrounded by twelve other large brilliants, suspending nine diamond chains. Many of these extraordinary stones have undergone a number of transformations during their history, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings as fashions and tastes have changed. This fringe brooch was remodelled by R & S Garrard from a piece that then had stones added to it that were presented by the Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Mejid I in May of 1856. The brooch was then worn by Queen Alexandra, and subsequently by the Queen Mother for the coronation of The Queen in 1953.