This year, the Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, the first British monarch in history to reach such a milestone. Here at Lancastrian Jewellers, we believe that this huge occasion should be celebrated. None of the Queen’s outfits would be complete without her jewellery, from historic gems passed down from queen to queen through the centuries to recently acquired jewels. In the daytime, she is almost never seen without a pearl necklace, glittering brooch and pearl earrings. For formal evening events, a necklace or tiara will be pulled out from the vault.
Read on to see jewels worthy of the Queen herself for the Jubilee…
Lancastrian Jewellers Royally Inspired Jewels
As the Queen enjoys her historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, there’s no better time to travel back through the history of some of her timeless and noteworthy pieces of jewellery.
The Lover’s Knot Brooch
This bow shaped brooch (pictured left) which features scalloped edges and tassel is from Queen Marys jewellery collection that the queen inherited after her death in 1953. She wore this to Kate and Williams wedding in 2011.
This brooch (pictured middle) is one of three bow styles that were made by Garrard for Queen Victoria in 1858 and that, having inherited them upon her Coronation, Queen Elizabeth II has worn throughout her reign. In 1901, Queen Victoria designated the brooches as “heirlooms of the crown” that pass directly from monarch to monarch to be worn by queens regnant or consort. Queen Victoria, who is Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandmother, preferred to wear all three brooches at once cascading down the front of her skirt. She previously wore one of the brooches on September 9, 2015, when she surpassed Queen Victoria as Britian’s longest reigning monarch. Her Majesty also wore one of the brooches to Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
Our vintage floral brooch (pictured right) features many Paste stones, set into a beautiful bow design, modelled in sterling silver. Very similar to the Queen’s lovers Knott brooch, this is the perfect brooch to add to your outfit to make you feel like a Queen.
The Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond
A tiara was commissioned by the Queen to go with this set of earrings, pendant and necklace that was given to her by her father as a wedding present. The original suite was created in 1850, but the tiara and a matching bracelet weren’t added until 1963. The jewels are sometimes called the “Victorian” sapphires as it’s believed they were made during the middle of the nineteenth century. The set originally included just a necklace and a pair of earrings but over the years the set has been added to and elements of it altered. In 1952, the Queen had the necklace shortened, removing a few links and having the largest stone removed as well. The bigger sapphire was turned into a pendant seven years later.
Our necklace (pictured right) features many old cut paste stones set with a large blue paste centre, modelled in sterling silver. Dating to the late Victorian era, circa.1890-1900, the necklace is beautifully articulated to lay elegantly on the neckline, with closed back settings for extra comfort and quality. A gorgeous necklace to add to your Jubilee party look.
Flower Basket Brooch
This brooch, featuring diamonds, rubies and sapphires fashioned into a basket of flowers, was a gift to the Queen by her parents after the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. Also known as “the giardinetti” or “little garden”. Although the various gems in the brooch mean that it coordinates well with lots of colours, the Queen tends to wear the brooch most often with clothing in different shades of blue.
Our stunning antique brooch depicts a floral bouquet (pictured right), decorated with paste stones, modelled in sterling silver. Paste is a special type of hand cut glass which has been used since the 18th century to replicate gemstones. For an elegant pop of colour add this brooch to any formal outfit.
Three Strand Pearl Necklace
Gifted to the Queen by her father, King George VI, this elegant three-strand pearl necklace is a firm favourite of Her Majesty’s. Queen Elizabeth’s love and appreciation of pearls began at a young age due to a family tradition that was started by her great-great-grandmother. Queen Elizabeth II is hardly ever spotted without her signature piece of jewellery: a string of pearls. They are beautiful and lustrous and the more you wear them, the more lustrous they become. There is also the etiquette element, it’s appropriate for a lady to wear pearls to daytime event, and wear diamonds after 6pm. The Queen has an extensive collection of pearl necklaces, some with single strands, others with up to six, however she wears the three-strand style most often.
Our stunning vintage mother of pearl necklace (pictured right) features many flat back cabochon mother of pearls set in solid 9ct gold, measuring 16″ in length. The mother of pearl alternates between an ivory tone and blush pink, adding a wonderful feature. Taking inspiration from the Queen this necklace is the perfect piece to add to any daytime outfit.
The Cullinan V Heart Diamond Brooch
Almost 19 carats, this heart-shaped diamond is surrounded by a platinum web that ends in a border of pavé diamonds. It was originally part of a stomacher designed for Queen Mary in 1911 made for the Delhi Durbar. The Queen inherited the brooch in 1953. The incredible diamond, named for the man who owned the mine in which it was found, was discovered in South Africa in 1905. The uncut diamond weighed more than a pound and measured at more than 3000 carats, far surpassing the size of any other diamond that had ever been found. The process of cutting and polishing the stones that came from the Cullinan took almost an entire year.
Our stunning vintage heart brooch (pictured right) features approximately 2.08ct of natural brilliant cut diamonds, modelled in 14ct white gold. This brooch also features pendant hooks at the top back allowing you to wear the piece on a chain around your neck. Style our heart brooch with a pearl necklace and pearl earrings for a look worthy of the Queen.
Pink Sapphire and Diamond Brooch
The history of this brooch is unknown but was inherited by the Queen in 1953. It was very rarely worn until recently and now seen quite often. Little is known as to how the pink sapphire and diamond brooch entered the Queen’s royal collection, but some speculate that it was likely a gift. The brooch isn’t much bigger than a large button, but it packs a lot of colour and sparkle into its petite package. The centerpiece of the brooch is a lovely faceted gemstone in a pleasant shade of pink. It’s surrounded by a thin halo of diamonds, and then by a cluster of ten larger stones, with ten tiny diamonds studded around the edge.
Our antique amethyst paste and pearl mourning pin (pictured right) dates to the early 1800’s set in 9ct yellow gold. Inside the amethyst paste halo there is a second halo of pearls surrounding a glass casing containing fine plaited hair. Hair was often using in jewellery during the Georgian and Victorian pieces as a sign of remembering a loved one. This brooch would compliment any pink outfit, and would look gorgeous styled with more pearls.
The Queen owns several diamond brooches with thistle designs. The thistle is the national flower of Scotland, used as a symbol of the nation since the thirteenth century. This brooch, which features three thistles rendered in diamonds, was worn by the Queen for Royal Ascot in June 2015. The brooch is designed as a long, stylized thistle set with diamonds and flanked by a pair of thistle leaves. The long stem of the thistle features a geometric diamond pattern, and the entire thing has something of an Art Deco sensibility to it.
Our antique Scottish brooch (pictured right) features two citrine paste stones, hand cut to resemble the Scottish thistle, modelled throughout in sterling silver. The brooch features an array of different agate forms making this piece even more unusual are unique. This quality piece is modelled in Sterling Silver fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1916.
If brooches aren’t for you, we also have a stunning antique Scottish agate heart padlock bracelet pictured below.
Little information has been written about the Jardine Star brooch, but the Queen was believed to have been given it by Lady Jardine in 1981. The late-Victorian symmetrical design features a collet diamond on knife wire at each of its eight points, diamonds on the strand of each star spike and a cluster in the centre. It s said to be one of the Queen’s favourite designs.
Our vintage star brooch (pictured right) features many paste stones set with cultured pearls, modelled in sterling silver. Star brooches first became popular during the Victorian period as an interest in astronomy grew. Stars symbolise guidance and are seen to lead you in the direction you are meant to go, even more reason to add a star brooch to your jewellery box.
Thought to be the second most valuable in the Queen’s collection, the Williamson brooch features a pink diamond set at the center which was discovered in 1947 at the Williamson mine in Tanzania. The Williamson pink diamond brooch often worn by Her Majesty is thought to include one of the rarest flawless pink diamonds in the world. Canadian geologist John Williamson, gave the uncut stone to the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip upon their wedding in November 1947. The brooch, made of platinum, was completed in 1953, the year that Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen Elizabeth II. The brooch is thought to be a favourite of Her Majesty, worn frequently on special occasions.
Our stunning Vintage Flower brooch (pictured right) features many sparkling paste stones modelled in sterling silver, dating to circa.1940 around the time the Queen was gifted the Williamson Brooch. The perfect brooch to be worn for special occasions such as the Jubilee.
Ready for the Jubilee
Dress like The Queen for the Jubilee with Lancastrian Jewellers by adding our royally inspired jewels to your look.
Majorly inspired by Her Majesty herself, a neck mess not to be frowned upon.