04 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Williamson Pink Diamond vs Crystal Orchid

It's flower against flower in our first match-up of the week!

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The Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch vs. The Crystal Orchid Brooch


This classic diamond flower brooch features one of the rarest flawless pink diamonds in the world, given to the Queen as a wedding present by a Canadian gemologist in 1947. Cartier finished the surrounding brooch during the coronation year of 1953, and the Queen has been wearing the spectacular piece regularly ever since. She's selected it for important portraits, major diplomatic visits, and two of her children's weddings.

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The Crystal Orchid Brooch

One of the newest additions to HM's brooch collection, this floral jewel was a gift from Mappin and Webb to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation in 2013. The firm crafted the unique orchid brooch from Waterford crystal, diamonds, and rose gold. One of its most important appearances so far came in 2014, when the President of Ireland made a state visit to the United Kingdom.

Another contest is coming your way this afternoon!