04 August 2016

Jewels on Film: Trailer for Victoria (2017)

Victoria, airing this autumn/spring (Screencap: ITV)

A new eight-episode miniseries about the early reign of Queen Victoria is coming to ITV and PBS soon. We'll be covering the show when it airs on Masterpiece in January 2017, but we've already got a new trailer from ITV to enjoy!





Jenna Coleman (of Doctor Who fame) plays Victoria, with Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. The miniseries was written by the novelist Daisy Goodwin. Here's a look at some of the jewelry we saw featured in the trailer...


Screencap: ITV

Because Victoria is a teenager in this miniseries, many of her jewels are on the daintier side. Above, she wears a pair of drop earrings and a delicate pendant necklace.


Screencap: ITV

Here, you can just see a brooch pinned at the center of her neckline.


Screencap: ITV

She's wearing a bit more bling in this scene: a double row of diamonds that weirdly reminds me of the Congo necklace from the Luxembourgish collection. You can also catch a glimpse of something pinned in her hair...


Screencap: ITV

...which you can see a bit more clearly here. Also: I'm not entirely sure, but that adjustable-length necklace clasp looks awfully modern to me.


Screencap: ITV

And we've got tiaras! No clear look at any of these yet, but we've got a tiara here...


Screencap: ITV

...and here...


Screencap: ITV

...and here! (She's also wearing earrings in this blurry, in-motion shot, plus another jewel in her hair.)


Screencap: ITV

Without a doubt, though, the most glittering moments from this trailer are related to Victoria's coronation. Here's the production's version of the George IV State Diadem. Victoria is also presumably supposed to be wearing Queen Charlotte's diamond necklace, which was lost in the Hanoverian claim and later replaced by the Coronation Necklace. Probable source material for these jewels: the Thomas Sully portrait from 1838.


Screencap: ITV

And here's the production's version of Victoria's Imperial State Crown. You can see the Black Prince's Ruby (actually a spinel) on the right side.


Screencap: ITV

Here's Victoria wearing the crown (as she does in the coronation portrait by Sir George Hayter). This version of the crown looks strange to our modern eyes, because today's version features the Cullinan II mounted below the Black Prince's Ruby, with the Stuart Sapphire on the opposite side. Note that the Hayter coronation portrait shows Victoria without a necklace.


What do you think of the jewels so far? Are you excited to nitpick the production's bling with me this winter??? Between this and The Crown in November, we're going to be spoiled...