IN PHOTOS: Pictures of 10 astonishing heirlooms owned by the British Royal Family
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The world does not only have its eyes on the British Royal Family’s long-standing traditions and ancestral status , but also their remarkable collection of royal jewels. This extraordinary line of elegant gems and precious adornments have been passed down through generations in the royal households.
We have rounded up the top 10 most exquisite jewelry pieces owned by the British Royal Family to give you a proper glimpse of the royal family’s stunning royal heirlooms.
1. The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
Hidden in the Tower of London, the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are the ceremonial objects used in the coronation of British Kings and Queens’. The Crown Jewels consist of the St. Edwards Crown (which is the centerpiece of the Crown Jewel), the Imperial State Crown, the Orb, the Sovereign’s Scepter, Rod, and the Ring. The Coronation regalia contains 23,578 precious stones, amongst which lie the Cullinan I and the Koh-i-Noor diamond.
2. The Lover’s Knot Tiara
Initially made for Queen Mary in 1913, the Lover’s Knot tiara is a beautiful diamond and pearl headpiece. The heirloom was first passed on to Queen Mary’s granddaughter, the current Queen Elizabeth II of England, and later loaned out to Princess Diana for her wedding.
3. The Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker
The Japanese government gifted the exquisite Four Row Pearl Choker to Queen Elizabeth II in the 1970s. The Queen wore the beautiful pearl neckpiece at her visit to Bangladesh in 1983 and later lent it to Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.
4. Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara, Earrings, and Necklace
The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara, Earrings, and Necklace were initially presented to the Queen by the Brazilian president as a coronation gift in 1953.
5. Princess Diana’s Garrard engagement ring
Adorned with 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by diamonds studded in white gold, Princess Diana’s engagement ring is the most iconic piece of jewelry in the history of British royalty. The princess handpicked the jewelry item herself from the Garrard jewelry collection catalog. Currently, the ring reigns on the fingers of Kate Middleton.
6. The Delhi Durbar Tiara
The tiara was originally made for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Later, the magnificent headpiece was given to the Queen’s daughter-in-law or the Queen Mother. The tiara made its most recent appearance in 2005, when the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, wore it to a royal event.
7. Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau
Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau is adorned with multiple diamonds of different sizes. It was worn by Queen Mary in 1950 and then by Meghan Markle in 2018 on her wedding day.
8. Maple Leaf Brooch
King George VI gifted the Maple Leaf Brooch to Queen Elizabeth to mark their state visit to Canada in 1939. Later, Queen Elizabeth II inherited the jewelry piece and lent it to Camilla Parker-Bowles and Kate Middleton for their travels to Canada.
9. The Cartier Halo Tiara
King George VI purchased the glorious diamond-studded diadem for his wife, Queen Elizabeth, who later gifted it to her newly turned 18 year-old-daughter, Princess Elizabeth. Kate Middleton most recently wore the tiara at her wedding to Prince William.
10. The Amethyst Heart Necklace
Queen Elizabeth, a.k.a. the Queen Mother, received the elegant neckpiece at her wedding to King George VI in 1923. Later, Queen Elizabeth II inherited the necklace. The gorgeous piece of jewelry made its most recent appearance in 2012, when the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, wore the mesmerizing Necklace at the British spy film Skyfall’s premier.
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