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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]

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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]

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Elizabeth II

The Royal Family Order of Elizabeth II

The Royal Family Order of Elizabeth II was an honour that was bestowed on female members of the British Royal Family, and it is worn on formal occasions. The formal practice of family orders was begun by King George IV, though members of the courts sometimes wore the sovereign’s portrait in a bejewelled frame before [read more]

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Royal Jewels

Royal Jewels – The Cartier Halo Tiara

The Cartier Halo Tiara’s most famous outing was perhaps when it was worn by the future Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day on 29 April 2011. Embed from Getty Images The Halo Tiara was purchased from Cartier on 18 November 1936 by the then Duke of York, just weeks before he became King George [read more]