03 March 2019

The Queen Mother's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch

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Today we've got a closer look at one of my favorite aquamarine brooches from Queen Elizabeth II's extensive collection: the Queen Mother's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch.

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The brooch is set with diamonds and bright blue aquamarines. The design of the brooch suggests that it may be able to be separated and worn as a pair of clips, though the Queen has so far only worn it as a single piece.

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The brooch dates to at least the 1930s. Above, the Queen Mother wears the brooch during a visit from President Lebrun of France to Windsor Castle in March 1939.

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The brooch was inherited by the present Queen when her mother died in 2002, but she kept it back in her jewelry box for more than a decade. Her first public appearance in the brooch came in June 2014, when she wore it at Royal Ascot.

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Since then, she has made several appearances in the brooch, including this outing at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in June 2017.

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HM generally wears this piece horizontally, the same way her mother did, but on one occasion -- a reception for military personnel at Buckingham Palace in November 2014 -- she positioned the brooch vertically on her dress.


The brooch's place in the Queen's jewelry box was really cemented in December 2015, when she wore it for one of the most visible jewelry moments of the calendar year: her annual Christmas Broadcast.