Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Jewels of HM Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

On September 9, 2015 Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's longest serving monarch and overtook the record of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Queen Elizabeth II officially reached the landmark 63 years and 217 days after her father King George VI died.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of sixteen realms of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. She is also the head of the Commonwealth, and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Upon her accession on February 6 1952, Elizabeth became head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. Her coronation the following year was the first to be televised.

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II upon her Coronation in 1953. She holds the Sovereign's Orb, the Sceptre with the Cross and wears the Imperial State Crown.
The Flower Basket Brooch. A present to Princess Elizabeth from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to mark the birth of her first child and their first grandchild, Prince Charles on 14 November 1948.

Pink and blue sapphire, diamond and ruby brooch made by Cartier. Given to Princess Elizabeth by her parents in 1945.
King George VI Sapphire and Diamond Suite. Purchased by King George VI from Carrington & Co and given to Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present in 1947. The necklace originally consisted of eighteen emerald-cut sapphires in diamond clusters. In 1952 it was shortened by four stones, the largest of which was converted into a pendant to the necklace in 1959.

The emerald and diamond encrusted Godman Necklace was a gift by the two elderly Godman sisters to her majesty.
Aquamarine Clips.

An eighteenth birthday present to Princess Elizabeth from her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1944. The clips are a personal favorite and seen frequently on the queen.
Williamson diamond broach. The central diamond of 23.6 carats is one of the finest pinks known. It was excavated from a mine in Tanganyika (Tanzania) belonging to the Canadian geologist Dr John Williamson, who gave it as a wedding present to Princess Elizabeth in 1947.
Brazilian Aquamarine Suite. The earrings and matching necklace were a Coronation gift to The Queen from the President and People of Brazil in 1953. A bracelet and matching brooch were presented to The Queen by the Brazilian Government in 1958 as a matching addition to the original gift.


Cullinan I (530.2 carats) and Cullinan II (317.4 carats)

Cullinan III and Cullinan IV

Cullinan V

Cullinan VI and Cullinan VIII