03 June 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Williamson Pink Diamond vs Maple Leaf

This contest pairs up two brooches with Canadian connections...

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The Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch vs. The Diamond Maple Leaf 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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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.

Another brooch vote is heading your way later today!