Sunday, 3 June 2012

GARRARD: A Diamond Royal affair

Queen Victoria Fringe Brooch 1856

As if the Olympics were not going to be enough of an event in London, this year is also the Queen's Jubilee, only the second time in history that an english monarch has reigned for over 60 years. On june 30th, Buckingham Palace will host a unique exhibition featuring the Queen's personal jewels, Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration.

Girls of Great Britain Tiara 1893

There will be many remarkable pieces to write about, but perhaps the first thing that has striken me are the pieces made by Garrard, appointed Crown Jewellers in 1721. The three pieces displayed here were made in the mid 1850's using diamonds of exceptional quality and undoubtedly represent some of the finest examples of Victorian Jewellery.

Coronation Necklace and Earrings 1858