17 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Modern Ruby and Diamond Spray vs Greville Ivy Leaf Clips

A modern diamond and ruby brooch faces off against classic leafy clips in our final play-in contest...

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The Modern Ruby and Diamond Spray Brooch vs. The Greville Ivy Leaf Clips


This modern jewel, which features a gold setting with diamonds and a slender row of rubies, has been in the Queen's collection since at least the 1960s. She's worn it for multiple state visits and Commonwealth tours, and she even chose it for her Diamond Jubilee walkabout in Windsor in 2012.

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This gorgeous pair of diamond clip brooches were made by Cartier for Dame Margaret Greville and bequeathed to the Queen Mother in 1942. Five years later, the Queen received the ivy leaf brooches as a twenty-first birthday gift from her parents, and she's been wearing them on occasion ever since.

The results of our play-in contests will be updated on Sunday morning -- stay tuned! (And head back here regularly for some major sparkle in the meantime!)