catherine cambridge
Diana Princess of Wales

Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara

Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara is “set with brilliant- and rose-cut diamonds, mainly in cut-down silver-backed settings, and 19 pendant baroque pearls.” The design of Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara was based on a tiara that belonged to Queen Mary’s grandmother, Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, Duchess of Cambridge. The latter tiara was later left to Mary’s [read more]

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Mary of Teck

Queen Mary’s Sautoir

Queen Mary’s Sautoir consists of “37 graduated cushion-cut brilliants in rub-over and pierced collet settings, each separated by three small brilliants, similarly set. The sautoir unfastens to form two necklaces, one of 19 and one of ten large stones, and two bracelets, each of four large stones.” The sautoir was made in 1928 from a [read more]

Cullinan brooch
Mary of Teck

The Cullinan III and IV Brooch

The Cullinan III and IV Brooch consists of “a pear-shaped drop and a square-cut brilliant, linked together in fine pierced collet and claw settings.” Embed from Getty Images The brooch is formed of the third and fourth largest stones of the largest diamond ever found. The Cullinan diamond was offered to King Edward VII as [read more]

delhi durbar tiara
Mary of Teck

The Delhi Durbar Tiara

The Delhi Durbar Tiara was made in 1911 for Queen Mary and was the centrepiece of an emerald and diamond parure for the Delhi Durbar ceremony, meant to mark the succession of an Emperor of India. Embed from Getty Images The entire parure included the tiara, a necklace, a stomacher, a brooch and earrings. Most [read more]

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Elizabeth II

Queen Mary’s Bangles

Queen Mary’s Bangles each consist of “39 brilliants, the gold sides finely engraved.” The traditional Indian ornaments were a wedding present to the then Princess Mary of Teck from the Bombay Presidency, an administrative subdivision of India. The committee which raised the funds was chaired by Lucy Ada, Baroness Harris, whose husband was governor of [read more]