06 April 2021

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 18 (2000s-2010s)

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The Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and her jewelry box expanded in the years surrounding those major anniversaries. Here's a closer look at five jewels added to the Queen's collection in the 2000s and 2010s!

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To mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002, the Braemar Royal Highland Society gave the Queen a feather-shaped brooch made of white and yellow gold, silver, and platinum. The Queen has worn it at the annual Braemar Highland Games every year since receiving it.

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This glittering diamond and gold brooch was given to the Queen in 2007 by the President of Botswana; she debuted it during the 2014 French state visit. Sorghum is a staple agricultural product in Botswana, which is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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In October 2013, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan presented the Queen with this modern brooch of diamonds, pink tourmalines, white gold, and a single pearl. The piece was made in Canada by Rachel Mielke for Hillberg and Berk, and the Queen reportedly gasped with delight when she saw it for the first time. She has worn it quite often in the years since.

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This intricate diamond and gold brooch was given to the Queen by the President of Singapore in 2012 as a Diamond Jubilee present. It was designed in traditional Peranakan style by Thomis Kwan, a Singapore-based jeweler. The piece features a "bird of paradise" motif.

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This silver brooch was a gift to the Queen from Mappin and Webb, makers of jewelry and silver goods, to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation in 2013. The piece was a collaboration between the firm and Waterford crystal; the brooch is made of gold and crystal studded with diamonds. The Queen first wore the brooch during her landmark state visit to Ireland.

A dazzling necklace is up next, and then the finale of our 95 Years, 95 Jewels series debuts tomorrow!