27 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Albert vs Diamond Art Deco Clip

A sapphire treasure faces off against a modern creation in this contest!

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Prince Albert's Brooch vs. The Diamond Art Deco Clip Brooch

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In 1840, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with this gorgeous sapphire and diamond cluster brooch on the night before her wedding. She pinned it to her wedding gown the next day, and it's been with the main line of the royal family ever since. The Queen received this brooch with the rest of the crown heirloom collection in 1952 when she ascended to the throne, and she wears it regularly.


The Diamond Art Deco Clip Brooch

This classic diamond clip brooch appears to be a vintage jewel, perhaps dating to the 1930s or 1940s, but the Queen's only been wearing it in public since 2015. Since then, it's made several significant outings, including a trip to Northern Ireland, and is often worn for palace audiences.

Another brooch showdown is coming your way this afternoon!