06 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Adelaide vs Centenary Rose

Today's first contest is a battle between the 1800s and the 2000s...

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Queen Adelaide's Brooch vs. The Centenary Rose 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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Queen Elizabeth II commissioned this unique brooch from Collins and Sons as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother in 2000. The brooch features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose on a background of rock crystal, surrounded by a frame set with 100 diamonds. The Queen Mother wore it until her death in 2002, and now it's a favorite piece of the Queen, especially for springtime events.

More brooches coming your way in just a few hours!