jewels of the british royal family


Queen Elizabeth II introduces the Imperial State Crown.

It is held in the Jewel House in the Tower of London alongside the other British Crown Jewels.

The Imperial State Crown includes many precious gems, including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies.

The Crown includes several famous jewels: the cross at the top is set with a stone known as St. Edward’s Sapphire (1042), a sapphire taken from the ring (or coronet) of Edward the Confessor; the Black Prince’s Ruby (1367) (actually a spinel) is set on the front cross pattée; the famous Cullinan II, or Second Star of Africa, is set on the front of the band, replacing in 1909, the 104-carat (20.8 g) Stewart/ Stuart Sapphire (1214), which now sits at the back. The Crown also contains Queen Elizabeth I’s Pearls (reportedly belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots) under the orb.


Export ban placed on Queen Victoria’s wedding coronet

A temporary export ban has been placed on a sapphire and diamond coronet that belonged to Queen Victoria, preventing it from being sold abroad.

The coronet, designed by Prince Albert for their wedding in 1840, is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer matches the £5m asking price.

The temporary ban was imposed after the owner applied for an export licence.

Culture minister Matt Hancock, who imposed the ban, said it symbolised one of the UK’s “most famous love stories”.

The 11.5cm (4.5in) wide coronet is mounted with 11 sapphires, which are all set in gold, with diamonds set in silver.

Experts consider it to be one of the most important jewels of Queen Victoria’s reign, matching a sapphire and diamond brooch given to her by Albert the day before their wedding. 

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Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, (wearing the Greville Tiara and the Greville Emerald Neckalce) and Princess Margaret (wearing the Poltimore Tiara) attend the Ballet Performance in honour of the Shah of Iran at the Royal Opera House in London, 1959.


Day Twenty-Nine: Favorite wedding of all time

There is no one that I love absolutely above the rest.  I watch the videos of these weddings frequently, sorry anything before HD really drives me nutters

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Pendant Brooch

A baroque pearl in a diamond set mount hangs from a diamond pendant below a large round pearl framed by fourteen brilliant cut diamonds. The Brooch belonged to Queen Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge. It was inherited by her younger daughter, Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck. She died intestate in 1897 and her jewellery was divided among her four children, this brooch being part of Queen Mary’s portion.

Day Thirteen: Diana’s or AND Kate’s wedding? 

Not going to lie, I’m a sucker for both weddings


Jeweler George Pragnell has created a stunning infographic featuring the most iconic engagement rings through time: from Queen Elizabeth to the Duchess of Cambridge, including Princess Grace. The infographic set also includes the engagement rings of Jaqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn & Elizabeth Taylor. 

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any info about the tiaras of the Dukes of Sutherland?

 So the Sutherlands are a branch of the Spencer family that’s associated with the Churchills and the Dukes of Marlborough. Given that they’re all the same family, they’re going to have some jewels in common. Many of them have French origins. 

Above is the “Sutherland Necklace” and its accompanying parure of earrings and a bracelet in 2 sections. The Sutherland necklace is comprised of 17 of the largest diamonds from a necklace that was owned by Marie Antoinette. It was also said to have been the necklace that helped to spark the French Revolution. 

Collier “Sutherland” - the Pearls of Queen Marie Antoinette in the Sutherland collection. They were given to Lady Sutherland, the wife of the British ambassador Lord George Leveson-Gower by Marie Antoinette for safekeeping. They were rumored to have helped King Louis XVI and his family flee France, though that proved to be unsuccessful. 

As far as tiara’s go, I haven’t been able to find much. Above are 2 pictures of the Duchess of Sutherland wearing the same tiara. First, is a picture of the Duchess of Sutherland wearing an art deco tiara in 1925, she’s next to Prince Edward (later Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor). Second, is a picture of George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland, KT, PC and Eileen Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland taken after the coronation of George VI.

I haven’t been able to find any information on this piece. 

The Court Jeweler describes another tiara worn to King George V coronation. “In the tiara to be worn by the Duchess of Sutherland, one of the four canopy duchesses, large pearls intersect the compact lines of diamonds which form a geometric design of semi-circles, lying against a band of diamonds. Pear-shaped pearls are introduced to give height to the tiara.”

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Get to know me meme: Favorite Tiaras/Parures [2/10] The Spanish Floral Tiara

General Franco gave this beautiful tiara to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark on the occasion of her marriage to Juan Carlos of Spain in 1962 on behalf of the Spanish people. it had in fact been commissioned by Alfonso XII from British jewelers J.P. Collins in 1879 as a wedding present for his second wife, Maria Christina of Austria. The piece left the family and was later acquired by Madrid jeweler Aldao, where it was bought by Franco for Sophia. It is now one of Queen Letizia’s favourite tiara.