28 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Queen Alexandra's Wedding vs Amethyst Floral

A royal wedding gift faces off against a part of amethyst floral brooches...

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Queen Alexandra's Wedding Brooch vs The Amethyst Floral Brooches

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This antique brooch, made as part of a larger parure by Garrard in 1862, was one of King Edward VII's wedding gifts to his wife, Queen Alexandra. She wore the brooch on her wedding day, and continued to wear it for the rest of her life. She bequeathed the brooch to Queen Mary, who in turn left it to the Queen in 1953. The Queen wears it now occasionally, especially for important occasions and evening events (like the annual Festival of Remembrance).

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This set includes two coordinating brooches featuring amethysts and diamonds in a floral setting made of yellow gold. One of the brooches features a pair of larger pear-shaped amethysts at the top, while the other has one pear-shaped amethyst and one round amethyst at the top of the piece. The Queen has been wearing them regularly since at least the 1990s.

Stay tuned for another brooch poll tomorrow (and a sparkling Nightly Necklace later today)!