22 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Aquamarine Art Deco vs Women of Hampshire

Diamonds and aquamarines or diamonds and pearls?

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The Queen Mother's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch vs. The Women of Hampshire Brooch

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This gorgeous aquamarine and diamond brooch dates to the Art Deco period. The Queen Mother began wearing it in the 1930s, and in 2002, she left it to the present Queen. HM debuted the brooch at Royal Ascot in 2014, and since then it's made numerous appearances, including an outing during her annual Christmas broadcast.

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This diamond and pearl brooch, originally designed as a pendant, was a wedding gift to Queen Mary from the Women of Hampshire, a committee headed up by the Dowager Duchess of Wellington. Queen Mary bequeathed it to the present Queen in 1953, and it pops up occasionally on HM for daytime engagements.

Stay tuned for a glittering royal necklace -- and another brooch contest first thing tomorrow!