18 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Australian Wattle vs Cambridge Emerald Cluster

An Aussie gift faces off against an emerald heirloom in this contest!

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The Australian Wattle Brooch vs. The Cambridge Emerald Cluster Brooch


This eye-catching brooch, set with white and yellow diamonds, is designed to resemble the national flower of Australia, the wattle. Made by an Australian firm, it was given to the Queen during her grand Commonwealth tour in 1954. She's worn it regularly ever since, both at Aussie/Commonwealth events and more generally.

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This classic brooch comes from the Cambridge emerald suite. The piece features a round cabochon emerald set in a double cluster of diamonds, with one of the emerald drops from the suite suspended as a pendant. The jewel can be worn with or without the pendant, and in recent years, the Queen has often chosen to wear the cluster portion alone.

Stay tuned for a sparkling royal necklace, and then more brooches tomorrow!