Monday, April 18, 2011

Countdown to the Royal Wedding -Diamond Necklaces

Welcome to the Gracie Jewellery countdown to the Royal Wedding - Part 4
11 Days to go.

Queen Victoria's Collet Necklace and Earrings
Made in 1858 this necklace adds up to 161 carats. The nine largest stones weighing between 8.25 and 11.25 carats. The pendant stone is known as the Lahore diamond and the drops in the earrings come from a ruby necklace she had been given.

Queen Elizabeth wore the set at her Coronation in 1953 and shown here in 1961 while on an official visit to Sierra Leone.

The King George Festoon Necklace.
Made in 1947, King George used 105 loose diamonds he had inherited.

Queen Elizabeth wears the necklace here in 1962.

The King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace
The king bought this necklace of drop diamonds set with brilliant and baguette diamonds made by Harry Winston and presented it to the Queen in 1967 when he visited England.

Diana, Princess of Wales wears the King Faisal Necklace on a state visit to Australia in 1983.

Next time Diamond Earrings

from the book The Queen's Jewels by Leslie Fielding

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