20 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Queen Victoria's Diamond Fringe vs Queen Alexandra's Wedding

This contest pairs up two spectacular nineteenth-century royal jewels...

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Fringe Brooch vs. Queen Alexandra's Wedding Brooch

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This diamond fringe brooch, which was once a part of a much larger corsage ornament, originally belonged to Queen Victoria. Made by Garrard in 1856, it features diamonds presented to Victoria by Sultan Abdul Mejid I of Turkey earlier the same year. The brooch was inherited personally by King Edward VII, and then it was passed as a personal jewel from Queen Alexandra to Queen Mary and then to the Queen Mother. The present Queen inherited the brooch in 2002, and she's worn it for both day and evening occasions since.

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This antique brooch, made as part of a larger parure by Garrard in 1862, was one of King Edward VII's wedding gifts to his wife, Queen Alexandra. She wore the brooch on her wedding day, and continued to wear it for the rest of her life. She bequeathed the brooch to Queen Mary, who in turn left it to the Queen in 1953. The Queen wears it now occasionally, especially for important occasions and evening events (like the annual Festival of Remembrance).

A sparkling Spanish necklace is coming your way this evening, and then more brooches tomorrow!