Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Queen's Jewels

The Queen's Garter Badge. ''Originally made for George IV, the badge was given as a wedding present to Prince Albert from Queen Victoria who wore it after his death''.
Pair of emerald and diamond earrings. ''One of Queen Mary’s Cambridge emeralds was matched by Garrards, who also supplied the 22 brilliant-cut diamonds at a total cost of £350. The earrings, first worn for the Delhi Durbar, were inherited by The Queen in 1953''.
The Queen's Garter Star. ''Originally a present to King George VI on his marriage, it was given to Princess Elizabeth by her father at the time of her investiture with the Order of the Garter in 1947''.

Emerald, diamond, platinum and gold bracelet. ''The bracelet, made for Queen Mary to wear at the Delhi Durbar, incorporates three of the Cambridge emeralds and is en suite with the necklace''.
The Vladimir Tiara, Russia,c.1890. ''Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.''
The dress is a Norman Hartnell cream silk gown with full skirt, lattice and foliate beaded embroidery. Worn for official portraits of The Queen taken by Baron in 1957.

All the jewels and descriptions are from the awesome Dress for the Occasion, Royal Site.