18 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Cullinan III and IV vs Lover's Knot

Our first contest of round two begins right now!

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The Cullinan III and IV Brooch vs. Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch


The Queen inherited this spectacular diamond brooch from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953. The diamonds were part of the grand Cullinan stone given to King Edward VII in 1907, and the brooch was constructed by Carrington in 1911. Because the original stone was cut by a Dutch jeweler, the Queen often chooses this for occasions related to the Netherlands, including the Dutch state banquet in 2018. She also wears it for the grandest of her daytime outings, like the 2012 service of thanksgiving to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

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This imposing diamond bow brooch, which is shaped like a true lover's knot, was acquired by Queen Mary from Garrard in 1932. She bequeathed it to the Queen in 1953, and since then, HM has worn it for a range of engagements, including formal daytime events and evening receptions and galas. It's also appeared at two royal weddings!

More brooch voting coming your way this afternoon!