The Queen Mother’s Jewels

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The Queen Mother loved extravagance.  She adored her diamond jewellery and showing it off for all to see.  Below, we see her in some of her most prized diamond jewellery.

 

 

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The Boucheron Tiara

The Boucheron Tiara was left to the Queen Mother in 1942 when the original owner, Mrs. Greville, a family friend, died.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother asked for the height of the tiara to be increased by adding a number of brilliant cut diamonds and a single marquise cut diamond in 1953.

 

Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace

The Queen Mother is also seen wearing the Queen Alexandra’s Wedding necklace.  The necklace features 8 pearls surrounded by diamonds, each connected with festoons of diamonds, and three detachable diamond and pearl drop pendants. Queen Mary gave the necklace to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and she wore it constantly.

The Coronation Earrings

The matching earrings were made for Queen Victoria in 1858 from reused stones – the pear drops were originally side stones in an armlet with the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond. The two drops are slightly different sizes; one is about 12 carats, the other about 7.

The Queen Mary Chain Link Bracelet

I first mentioned this bracelet in “Queen Elizabeth Loves Her Bling“.  As mentioned before, there are two bracelets.  Originally, it was one; but, Queen Mary had a second identical bracelet made 3 years after she got the first one that when joined together make a choker .  They are nearly identical, with one having a larger plaque for the 9.75 carat South African diamond.

Pearl Ring

In the 1950s, The Queen Mother chose to abandon her original engagement ring for a large pearl surrounded by diamond.