25 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Maple Leaf vs Aquamarine Clips

Two royal classics face off in this contest...

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The Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch vs. Queen Elizabeth II's Aquamarine Clips

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This fantastic diamond brooch, made by Asprey, was a gift from King George VI to the Queen Mother ahead of their 1939 tour of Canada. The Queen Mum treasured the brooch, which is made to resemble a leaf of the Canadian Sugar Maple, and wore it throughout her life. The Queen inherited it from her mother in 2002. Both women have often loaned the brooch to other family members visiting Canada, and the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge have made memorable recent appearances in the piece.

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth gave these classic diamond and aquamarine clip brooches to Princess Elizabeth on her eighteenth birthday in 1944. The brooches can be worn separately as clips, as she most often does, or joined together as one larger brooch. She's loved and worn the brooches for more than seven decades, making them a regular part of her rotation.

Stay tuned for a gorgeous royal necklace, plus more brooch votes tomorrow!