12 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Kent Amethyst vs Golden Dahlia

Will it be the heirloom amethyst or the modern flower?

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The Kent Amethyst Brooch vs. The Golden Dahlia Brooch


The brooch, which features diamond-set scrolls and sunrays in its design, is part of a suite of amethyst jewels that once belonged to Princess Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, better known to history as the Duchess of Kent -- and the mother of Queen Victoria. The entire set was designated as an heirloom of the crown by Victoria. Three small loops at the base of the brooch allow a trio of petite diamond and amethyst pendants to be suspended from the bottom of the piece. However, the Queen usually wears the brooch without these pendant drops.

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Made for the Queen by Garrard in the early 1970s, this brooch is a stylized flower made of gold and studded with 31 diamonds. The Queen began wearing it in 1975, and it quickly became a major favorite. She's worn it for all sorts of occasions, in all seasons, even Christmas broadcasts and Easter Sunday services.

We've got a beautiful necklace coming your way later today, and more brooches tomorrow!