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The sentimental meaning behind Queen Elizabeth’s Nizam of Hyderbad Rose brooches

On Saturday, February, 6, Queen Elizabeth stepped out to celebrate 70 years on the throne, and from the day she made history, she’s stunned us with her incredible jewellery.

The celebrations for the 70th anniversary began with the Queen inviting local community groups to her Sandringham residence in the east of England.

She not only became the queen of Britain, but also more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Over the weekend, she wore a beautiful light blue dress, teamed with a very special pair of brooches: The Nizam of Hyderabad Rose brooches.

Taking a close look at the brooches, Steven Stone’s leading diamond expert, Maxwell Stone, has revealed everything you need know about the jewels – including what makes them so special.

Queen Elizabeth chose to wear a pair of sensational brooches for her jubilee. Originally a tiara, these brooches were a gift from one of the world’s wealthiest men, The Nizam of Hyderabad, who gave her a diamond necklace and tiara for her wedding in 1947. The diamond necklace also remains in its original condition and has been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on several occasions.

Although dismantled to make another headpiece, the original floral design tiara, set in diamonds and platinum and made by Cartier, featured three detachable brooches, depicting gorgeous roses.

The Queen kept these detachable brooches and has worn them frequently – either as a pair or individually. She the same two rose brooches at Government House in Melbourne, during her tour of Australia in 1954. From looking at the pair of brooches together, the diamonds and detail is incredible. We would value them at around £80,000 to £100,000. 

Maxwell Stone, Creative Director, Steven Stone

Alongside this pair of brooches, Queen Elizabeth also sported an incredible pearl necklace and matching earrings.

Queen Elizabeth II is hardly ever spotted without her signature piece of jewellery. In fact, she wore the same necklace at Prince Philip’s funeral.

The reason she always falls back on this particular style is actually due to a family tradition going back hundreds of years.

The Queen has an extensive collection of pearl necklaces, some with single strands, others with up to six, however she wears the three-strand style most often.

It is believed that Queen Victoria gave each of her daughters and granddaughters a pearl every year on their birthday so that by the time they came of age at 18, they would have enough pearls for a necklace.’

Queen Elizabeth’s parents carried on with the tradition, giving her a chain onto which they added two pearls per birthday, however she did receive a full necklace for their coronation in 1937.

Queen Elizabeth has some of the most valuable jewels in the world, so it would be fair to assume that this three-strand pearl necklace and her earrings are made from natural pearls. Only a very small percentage of pearls used for jewellery are natural, with most of them being cultured. If these pieces are made up from natural pearls, they are going to be incredibly rare, not to mention valuable. One single natural pearl is worth around £3,000, and as the Queen has a three-strand necklace, this could be worth anywhere from £600,000 to £1,000,000.

Zack Stone, Managing director, steven stone

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