04 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Brazilian Aquamarine vs Kensington Bow

This afternoon's brooches have both been with the Queen since 1953...

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The Brazilian Aquamarine Brooch vs. The Kensington Bow Brooch


The Queen's magnificent parure of Brazilian aquamarines includes this vibrant blue aquamarine brooch. The Queen usually wears it separately from the rest of the suite, as she did at Royal Ascot in 2012, and for a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation in June 2013.

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The Kensington Bow Brooch

This large ribbon brooch, which features a pear-shaped pearl pendant, was one of Queen Mary's wedding presents. It was made by Collingwood in 1893 and given to her by the people of Kensington the same year. Mary wore the diamond, pearl, silver, and gold brooch at her coronation in 1911, and she bequeathed it to her granddaughter in 1953. The Queen has worn it often throughout her reign, frequently pinning it to her sash during gala events.

We've got one more glittering post for you today, and then more brooch votes in the morning!