26 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Queen Mary's Russian vs Jardine Star

Will it be the sugarloaf sapphire or the stunning star?

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Queen Mary's Russian Brooch vs. The Jardine Star Brooch

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This diamond and sapphire brooch was Queen Mary's wedding gift from her new husband's aunt, Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, in 1893. She bequeathed it to the present Queen in 1953, and HM has worn it fairly frequently in the decades since. She often pairs the brooch, with its distinctive sugarloaf sapphire, with outfits in vibrant shades of blue.

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This classic diamond star brooch was, according to Leslie Field, bequeathed to the Queen by Lady Jardine in 1981. It ranks among her very favorite brooches, worn for a wide range of occasions, including holiday church services, Christmas Broadcasts, and even her Diamond Jubilee water pageant in 2012.

An exceptional royal necklace is on the docket for tonight, plus more brooches tomorrow!