It has been a very, very cold snowy winter in Southern Ontario as I sit to write this at the beginning of February 2014. This is actually the time we think about winter. This year with roads being closed, when we can’t keep up to clearing the blowing snow and in some areas snow up to the street sign level, I can say I am very tired of shovelling my driveway of all this white stuff. Of course, will I want it back when the sun is beaming down in the middle of summer and the humidity is high-of course. That is part of living in Canada.
However, today a topic to warm my heart is jewellery! When is it not with me! I could talk about Amethyst as the stone of February but I have done that in past years so please read a previous blog about that . My thought trend was -amethyst is purple, purple is for February, purple is royalty. Royal jewellery is fantastic, and I thought about taking a closer look at some of the jewellery of the most well known royal family– from Britain.
I knew that there was the personal collection which was separate from the crown jewels but how and where did the personal collection get acquired. The Queen’s Jewels ( or the Kings when the monarch is male) are a historic collection of jewels owned personally by the monarch of the Commonwealth realms. These are separate from the Crown Jewels. The origin of the personal collection is not totally known but is thought to have come into the family around the sixteenth century . Many of the pieces were acquired during civil wars and coups in foreign lands or as gifts to the monarch. The jewels in the Queen’s personal collection are not official regalia or insignia of state. But these are important when she travels out of Britain as the Crown Jewels are not allowed to leave The United Kingdom. This picture shows some of the most important pieces of crown jewellery. The St. Edwards Crown is used to crown the Monarch. and the Imperial State Crown is used for the opening of Parliament.
For official functions the Queen will use one of her personal tiaras or diadems of which she has a few to choose from. She has quite often been seen in The King George IV State diadem also known at the Diamond Diadem. It contains 1333 diamonds with a weight of 325.75 carat and 169 pearls around the base. It has designs of roses, thistles and shamrocks-the flowers of England, Scotland and Ireland. A set that is seen more often now is the Brazilian Aquamarine set. This is the most modern tiara in the Queens collection. The stunning aquamarine and diamond necklace and earrings were presented to the Queen by the President and people of Brazil in 1953. She then commissioned the royal jeweller to make a tiara to match.
The original tiara was designed in 1957 and had detachable upright aquamarines that could be used as brooches. This is not a new thing in the Royal Jewellery collection where pieces were detachable and useable in other ways. The original tiara.
Other tiaras that are well known are the Queen Mary Fringe which has been used as a tiara and a necklace or choker style caller. The other one seen in recent years was the Halo Scroll Tiara worn by Kate Middleton when she wed Prince William. These are just of few of the tiaras or diadems of the Royal Collection.
Well I am feeling warmer and now have a great idea for a presentation which I give periodically. What fun! I still have brooches, earrings, necklaces, stomacher, and rings to look at. And other royal families.
Have a good month and contact me if you need your jewellery documented for an appraisal. I would be glad to do it. I love jewellery of all kinds.