The George VI Sapphires are undoubtedly among Queen Elizabeth’s most incredible jewels. The demi-parure, which consists of a Victorian-era necklace and earrings is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most valuable and sentimental suites from her magnificent collection.
Not only is the jewellery suite worth millions of pounds, it’s also packed with meaning, as it was in fact a wedding gift from her father in 1947.
A few years later she recieved it, the Queen refashioned the necklace, shortening it and removing the largest sapphire stone to turn into a pendant. Sometime during the ’60s, she also commissioned a matching bracelet to accompany the set.
Queen Elizabeth most recently wore the suite for her official Canadian royal portrait in 2020. In 1990, the Queen took the whole suite with her for a royal tour of Canada—making it a particularly meaningful choice for this portrait.
Taking a close look and casting an expert eye over the gems, Steven’s Stone’s Creative Director, Maxwell Stone, reveals all the details:
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