Queen Elizabeth II’s jewellery collection contained some of the most remarkable and expensive pieces in the world. Alongside her lavish earrings and necklaces, she was also known for her love of beautiful brooches, often showing them off on special occasions.
However, looking beneath the sparkling surface of the jewels, many of the pieces held great sentimental value to the former monarch – and still do to the rest of the Royal family.
The Prince Albert Brooch
One of Queen Elizabeth II’s most special jewels was the Prince Albert brooch, which dates back to the 1800s.
In 1840, Prince Albert secretly commissioned Garrards to make a sapphire and diamond brooch for his bride to be, Victoria.
He gave her the brooch on the night of their wedding, and was so adored by Victoria, that she wore it frequently.
After being passed down to Queen Elizabeth II, it became a staple accessory and featured in many of her most iconic outfits.
Now, one of the world’s most famous engagement rings, it features a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and set on an 18-karat white gold band. The ring, which was originally created by Garrard & Co. (the former Crown Jeweller) is now valued at approximately £300,000.
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