Thursday, April 21, 2011

Countdown to the Royal Wedding - Coloured Stone Brooches

Welcome to the Gracie Jewellery countdown to the Royal Wedding- Part 7
8 Days to go.

Queen Mary's Russian Brooch
Queen Alexandra's sister, the Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, gave Princess May of Teck (the future Queen Mary) this brooch of a large square cut diamond and a square cut cabochon sapphire set in a scroll frame of round diamonds as a wedding present in 1893.

Queen Elizabeth wears the brooch in 1974

Queen Mary's Emerald Brooch I
Part of the Cambridge Emeralds, this cabochon emerald is surrounded by 2 rows of diamonds with an emerald drop

Queen Elizabeth wears one of her favourite brooches in 1979

The diamond and emerald scroll brooch also belonged to Queen Mary

The Prince Albert Brooch
A large oblong sapphire surrounded by twelve round diamonds was given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert on February 9, 1840 at Buckingham Palace. It was the day before their wedding and Queen Victoria wrote in her diary "dearest Albert came upstairs to her sitting room and gave her four fans and a beaufiful sapphire and diamond brooch."

Queen Victoria wears the Prince Albert brooch on her wedding day.

Next time - Coloured Stone Necklaces

from the book - The Queen's Jewels by Leslie Fielding

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth April 21, 1926

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