queen elizabeth lily brooch
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Cartier Lily Brooch

The Lily Brooch was made for Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) in 1938 by Cartier from six drops and 197 brilliants, which were already in the Queen’s collection. The result was quite a large and interesting brooch in the form of “a stem of lilies, with two open flowers, claw- and pavé-set with brilliants, [read more]

palm leaf brooch
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Palm-Leaf Brooch

The Palm-Leaf brooch was made for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Cartier using loose diamonds from her own collection. It’s in the shape of a curling oriental palm leaf with nine brilliants in the centre in claw settings. The borders are lobed pavé set brilliants. The clip is a Cartier speciality and allows for [read more]

strathmore tiara
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Strathmore Tiara

The Strathmore tiara was given to then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon by her father, Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, upon her marriage to the then Duke of York in 1923. It was purchased from Catchpole and Williams. The tiara is formed as a garland of roses, and it came with two alternative frames. [read more]