The City of London Necklace

city of london necklace
Photograph taken by Julian Calder for Governor-General of New Zealand - Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II Official portrait, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The City of London necklace has “56 graduated bars, set with a variety of brilliant-cut, cushion-cut and pear-shaped stones, divided by narrow graduated brilliant-set spikes.”

The necklace is very similar in design to Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara. It was a wedding present to the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 from the Lord Mayor of London, the Court of Aldermen, the Governor of the Bank of England, the Chairman of the Stock Exchange, the Chairman of Lloyd’s, the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange and the Committee of London Clearing Banks. It is not possible to turn the necklace into a tiara as it is threaded on silk.1

As it is very similar in design to Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, Queen Elizabeth II has worn the two together.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.280

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