Queen Elizabeth's Impressive Jewellery Collection
While you enjoy the jubilee celebrations this summer you will want to ensure you look royally radiant in jewels that even the Queen would love to wear. Hatton Jewellers has put together a guide on the Queen's most impressive crowns, brooches, rings and more, where you can go to view them, and our favourite dazzling jewellery to help you glisten throughout the celebrations.
The Platinum Jubilee is the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, which took place the summer after she was named Queen. She is now the longest reigning monarch in history and the first to reach 70 years in service, so it's time to celebrate in style!
The Queen’s Impressive Jewellery Collection
Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
This stunning tiara by the British jeweller, Graff, was given to Queen Mary when she was a princess in 1893 as a wedding present from a group called the ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland.’ Queen Mary then gave the tiara to Elizabeth, also as a wedding present, in 1947. Her first official portrait wearing the tiara as our monarch was taken in 1952. She is also depicted wearing it on some British coins and banknotes.
Queen Elizabeth’s Festoon Necklace
Queen Elizabeth is regularly seen pairing Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara with the Festoon necklace. This triple strand diamond statement jewel necklace was commissioned by Elizabeth’s father, King George VI for the Queen’s Mother in 1950. It is designed with 105 gems from the crown collection, with the rest of the jewels believed to have been provided by her mother. The setting of the necklace features cut-down collets of silver backed by gold.
Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Brooch
Bow brooches are a staple within the Queen's jewellery collection, but perhaps the most impressive is Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Brooch. The large-scale jewel was made during the late 19th century. Queen Mary acquired it in 1932 and bequeathed it to Elizabeth. Queen Mary wore the brooch on several occasions, including the royal weddings of Princess Margaret in 1960 and Prince William in 2011.
The Queen’s Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch
Queen Elizabeth received a 54.5 carat rough pink diamond in 1947 as a wedding present from the Canadian geologist, Dr. John Thorburn Williamson. The diamond was then cut into a 23.6 carat round brilliant cut diamond by lapidaries in London. This was then set into a white diamond flower brooch designed by Frederick Mew of Cartier in 1953. Queen Elizabeth has worn the brooch on several occasions, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana and her silver jubilee in 1977.
The Cullinan V Brooch
The Cullinan V brooch is crafted in a heart shape and weighs around 18.8 carats. It has a romantic Edwardian-style platinum and diamond brooch featuring a laurel pattern and scrolls. Queen Elizabeth II has been spotted wearing the brooch regularly since Queen Mary bequeathed it to her in 1953. She is often remembered for wearing this brooch when she joined Anna Wintour in the front row of British designer Richard Quinn’s fashion show.
Where Are The Queen's Jewels Kept And Are They On Display Anywhere?
Kings and Queens have stored crowns, robes and other items of their ceremonial regalia at the Tower of London for over 600 years. They have been displayed there since 1661 and over 30 million people have been to see them. The collection remains a unique working collection today, as the Imperial State Crown is usually worn by the monarch for the State Opening of Parliament and when preparations are being put in place for the next coronation, key items will be taken to Westminster in readiness for the ceremony.
Our Top Five Jewellery Choices For The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
As we get ready to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, many of us are thinking about how we can make this historic event extra special. Over the four-day bank holiday weekend this June, there will be an abundance of public events, community activities and garden parties - ideal opportunities to showcase favourite pieces from your jewellery collection.
Many will be planning to spend additional time with friends, family and neighbours, so it’s a great chance to make sure your gold jewellery is ready for every occasion. Whether you're dressing for afternoon tea or going on a family walk, you can make sure your jewellery glistens with these five top picks from Hatton Jewellers’ collection:
18ct White Gold 0.50ct Princess Cut Centre Diamond Certified Ring
Our princess cut centre diamond certified ring is the perfect piece to wear this summer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The stunning, yet unique design consists of 0.50 carat diamonds in a princess cut. The 18 carat white gold band holds the diamonds in place, giving the ring the illusion of a larger centre stone with sparkling shoulders.
9ct Yellow Gold Diamond & Emerald Halo Style Stud Earrings
Dazzle in style while celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee wearing our gorgeous 9ct yellow gold stud earrings featuring a stunning emerald stone in the centre, encased with two halos of sparkling diamonds. This beautiful pair of earrings are fit for royalty, featuring a classic post and butterfly fastening to ensure a secure fit.
9ct Yellow Gold 0.21ct Diamond & 0.45ct Ruby Cluster Ring
Make a style statement this summer? Our stunning 9ct yellow gold cluster ring features four striking ruby stones with a total weight of 0.45ct. This alluring ring will make the perfect gift for anyone that loves eye-catching gemstones. It’ll certainly look the part during Jubilee garden parties.
9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Cubic Zirconia Cluster Stud Earrings
Our classic pair of 9ct yellow gold stud earrings, features a beautiful ruby stone with a halo of cubic zirconia stones surrounding it. These comfortable earrings are perfect for wearing at special events over the Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday weekend. They feature a secure post and butterfly back fastening for a snug fit, and these earrings are complete with a British hallmark stamp to confirm the gold purity.
9ct Yellow Gold 0.40ct Diamond & 0.72ct Sapphire Cluster Ring
Are you looking for the perfect statement ring ready for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations? Our beautiful 9ct yellow gold diamond ring is brought to life with a statement 0.72ct sapphire set within a halo of round brilliant diamonds to help accentuate the breathtaking characteristics of the blue sapphire. This ring will make a truly stunning addition to your jewellery collection.