06 July 2015

Queen Josefina's Diamond Stomacher Necklace

Today's Magpie of the Month post highlights a piece of jewelry from the Bernadotte collection that Crown Princess Victoria has begun wearing over the past few years: a diamond necklace made in part from a stomacher that belonged to one of her ancestors, Queen Josefina.

We've talked quite a lot here about precisely how extensive Josephine of Leuchtenberg's jewelry collection was. It's just nuts. She owned the grand diamond tiara now worn by Queen Sonja of Norway, plus the Norwegian royal family's extravagant emerald parure. She owned the sapphire parure and the amethyst parure owned by the Swedish royals. She owned the cameos worn by Crown Princess Victoria on her wedding day (pictured above), plus the Brazilian diamond parure and the Danish ruby parure. And that's barely even scratching the surface!

05 July 2015

Jewel Detective: The Queen Mum Returns from America

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne welcome the Queen Mother home from her 1954 tour of Canada and America. Which pieces of jewelry do you spot?

Sundays with the Queen: The Queen Mother's Hibiscus Brooch

If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that the Queen's brooch collection is absolutely packed with sentimental and important pieces that belonged to her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Today's brooch is one that the Queen Mum received during her long widowhood, and that the Queen has begun to wear regularly since her mother's death.

The Hibiscus Brooch, set with diamond and rubies, was given to the Queen Mother by the people of Australia in the 1950s. The hibiscus is an important flower in Australia -- so important, in fact, that the nation even has an Australian Hibiscus Society. The brooch features two of these hibiscus flowers entwined. Above, in perhaps the most Aussie-themed photo of the Queen Mum ever taken, she wears the brooch while cradling a koala during her 1958 visit.