20 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Cullinan III and IV vs Diamond Wild Rose

This match-up between a number one seed and a number sixteen seed is going to be interesting!

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The Cullinan III and IV Brooch vs. The Diamond Wild Rose Brooch


The Queen inherited this spectacular diamond brooch from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953. The diamonds were part of the grand Cullinan stone given to King Edward VII in 1907, and the brooch was constructed by Carrington in 1911. Because the original stone was cut by a Dutch jeweler, the Queen often chooses this for occasions related to the Netherlands, including the Dutch state banquet in 2018. She also wears it for the grandest of her daytime outings, like the 2012 service of thanksgiving to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.


This classic gold and diamond floral brooch has been in the Queen's jewelry box since at least the 1960s. It features a single wild rose in a surround of leaves, and it's been worn for garden parties, Commonwealth visits, and even a Christmas broadcast.

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