26 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Adelaide vs Cullinan V

This one's a showdown between two absolute classics!

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Queen Adelaide's Brooch vs. The Cullinan V Brooch

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Queen Adelaide's Brooch

This classic diamond brooch, which is an heirloom of the crown, was made by Rundell, Bridge, and Co. in 1831 for Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV. Originally intended as a clasp for a pearl necklace, the piece has been worn as a brooch by every queen since. The present Queen made waves when she wore the brooch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics -- and the James Bond film that preceded her appearance.

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This magnificent diamond brooch features a distinctive heart-shaped diamond. That 18.8-carat stone, the Cullinan V, was one of the major diamonds that resulted from the cutting of the massive Cullinan Diamond. The stone is usually worn in this brooch setting, but was originally designed to be used in other jewels as well, including the Delhi Durbar stomacher and Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara. Queen Mary wore it in her coronet for her son's coronation in 1937, but today, it remains in its brooch setting, worn frequently by the Queen.

More brooch voting kicks off this afternoon!