05 April 2021

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 15 (1980s-1990s)

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Our celebration of the upcoming 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II continues today with a look at some of the jewels that arrived in her collection in the 1980s and 1990s!


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Lady Jardine bequeathed this classic, star-shaped diamond brooch to the Queen in 1981. Not much is known about the brooch's provenance, but Leslie Field states that the piece is Victorian. There's a bit of mystery surrounding its origins, but there's no question that it has become a firm favorite of the Queen. She even selected it in 2012 for one of the events of her Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations.



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The Queen traveled to Sri Lanka for a state visit in the autumn of 1981, and during the trip she was presented with this lovely floral brooch. The piece is set with multi-colored precious and semi-precious stones; it also combines faceted stones with cabochons.



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73. The Qatari Rubies

The Emir of Qatar added to the Queen's collection of modern ruby jewels in 1985, when he presented her with a new set of jewels during a state visit. The suite includes a diamond and ruby swag necklace and a pair of coordinating earrings. The Queen has also frequently paired the jewels with her Burmese Ruby Tiara.



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First worn in 1989 during a state visit from the United Arab Emirates, this modern suite of diamond and emerald jewelry includes a necklace, a bracelet, and coordinating earrings. The necklace and earrings are especially easy to identify, thanks to their elaborate tassel motifs.



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This Cartier-made brooch was presented to the Queen in 1990 by the French Order of Liberation. It features a pair of coral roses studded with diamonds, and the Queen has generally worn it to events in France (or related to France) since she received it.


More jewels are coming your way later this afternoon!