11 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Cambridge Pearl Pendant vs Greville Ivy Leaf Clips

A classic royal heirloom faces off against 20th century clips in this contest...

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The Duchess of Cambridge's Pearl Pendant Brooch vs. The Greville Ivy Leaf Clips

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The Duchess of Cambridge who first owned this brooch wasn't Kate -- it was Queen Mary's grandmother, Princess Augusta. The classic nineteenth-century brooch was inherited by Mary from her mother, the Duchess of Teck, and in 1953, Mary bequeathed the brooch to the present Queen. It's been one of her very favorite pieces throughout her reign, worn both with and without its distinctive pearl pendant.

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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.

More brooches coming your way in just a few hours!