The Cullinan V Heart Brooch - the centre stone is the 18.8 carat heart-shaped Cullinan V diamond. The platinum setting & the positioning of the collets in the brooch were all expressly designed to accentuate the shape of the stone. It was made for Queen Mary in 1910.
The Emperor of Austria Brooch, aka the Teck Corsage Brooch. Composed of a central large pearl surrounded by braided rows of diamonds with twelve collets around the exterior & a removable pendant chain of collets with three pendant pearls, this brooch was owned by Queen Mary's mother, the Duchess of Teck. The Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria gave it to her when he was named godfather of her son, Prince Francis.
Queen Mary’s honeysuckle diamond tiara is decorated with a graduated frieze of styled honeysuckle. It was compiled from deconstructed jewels, which included existing diamonds, largely those taken from the dismantled Surrey Tiara, plus new stones supplied in the making of the tiara (it was made by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard, circa 1913-14). The central ornament was made to be detachable so Queen Mary could set it with a large stone (the Cullinam V diamond, a pink topaz or a sapphire/diamond…
In 1944, Princess Elizabeth launched the ship HMS Vanguard & was presented with this antique diamond brooch by Messrs. John Brown, the shipbuilder. It is in the shape of a wild rose, leaves & a stem tied with a small bow.
The Sceptre with the Cross (also known as St Edward's Sceptre, the Sovereign's Sceptre or the Royal Sceptre) is a sceptre of the British Crown Jewels. It was originally made for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661. In 1905 it was redesigned after the discovery of the Cullinan Diamond. It now includes the second largest diamond in the world, the Cullinan I, or the Great Star of Africa, which weighs over 530 carats. The Cullinan I can be removed from the sceptre to be worn as a…
The Queen Mother’s Shell Brooch (the official name is the Courtauld Thomsen Scallop-Shell Brooch). It is in the shape of a scallop shell made of solid rows of diamonds with a single pearl cradled at the base & a fringe (strings of diamonds of varying lengths suspended underneath). It was designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomsen & made in 1919. It was left to Queen Elizabeth in 1944 by his sister, Winifred Hope Thomsen.
The Williamson pink diamond is a flawless stone discovered at the Williamson Diamond mine in 1947. The owner of the mine gave the uncut stone to Princess Elizabeth & Prince Philip upon their wedding. The 54.5 carat rough diamond was cut in 1948; Cartier was commissioned to create a setting for the main 23.6 carat round brilliant cut pink diamond. It became the centre of a flower brooch with five white diamond petals, marquise diamonds for leaves & white baguette cut diamonds for the stalk.
In Dec., 2011 The Queen rec'd an early Diamond Jubilee gift from Canada's Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the 60th anniversary of her time on the throne: a diamond, gold & platinum brooch symbolizing her “special relationship” with the Manitoba-based military regiment. The brooch was designed by the Montreal jewelry firm Birks & features a maple leaf encrusted with 60 individual diamonds, a gold cannon & a stylized crown set with a sapphire, emeralds & rubies.