04 April 2021

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 13 (1960s)

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In the 1960s, the Queen completed her family and settled in to the role of monarch. Here are five jewels that joined her collection during that era!

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This classic gold and diamond floral brooch has been in the Queen's jewelry box since at least the 1960s. It features a single wild rose in a surround of leaves, and it's been worn for garden parties, Commonwealth visits, and even a Christmas broadcast.

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In 1965, an exceptionally grand diamond and emerald necklace was offered to the Queen by a pair of elderly sisters, the Godmans. They believed that it had once been owned by Empress Josephine of France. Although the connection to Josephine was eventually proven false, the necklace is a magnificent example of nineteenth-century design, and it's easy to see why the Queen decided to add it to the royal collection. We don't see this piece nearly enough today—it's tough to wear with the gala necklines that the Queen prefers—and I'm hoping to see her lend it to another member of the family in the near future.

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This modern ruby, diamond, and gold brooch was given to the Queen in 1966 by the Duke of Edinburgh. It was designed by British-Italian jeweler Andrew Grima, who also dreamed up jewelry for the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret. The Queen still brings this scarab-inspired piece out occasionally for events today.

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64. The Jordanian Turquoise Suite

The Queen received this suite of diamond, turquoise, and sapphire jewelry from a fellow monarch: King Hussein of Jordan. The set includes an intricate necklace and coordinating earrings. Unfortunately, the Queen rarely wears the demi-parure, although she has sometimes brought it out of the vaults at Jordanian-related events.

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Another gift from a fellow monarch, this diamond and platinum necklace was presented to the Queen by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia during a state visit in May 1967. The piece was made in 1952 by Harry Winston, and it features 356 diamonds weighing a total of more than 83 carats. In the 1980s, the Queen lent the necklace to Diana, Princess of Wales, and in more recent years, she has also loaned it to the Countess of Wessex.

Look for more of our celebration coming this Easter afternoon!