27 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Palm Leaf vs Kent Amethyst

This contest matches up diamonds from two famous royal mothers...

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The Queen Mother's Palm Leaf Brooch vs. The Kent Amethyst Brooch


The Queen Mother commissioned Cartier to make the Palm Leaf brooch for her in 1938. The brooch features a classic Indian palm leaf motif, which has also become very recognizable as part of the famous paisley print produced in Scotland. The brooch was one of the Queen Mum's favorites, and it has now also become a favorite of the Queen, who inherited it from her mother in 2002.


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.

We've got a sparkling necklace and then more brooches headed your way!