Happy New Year, everybody! As the world counts down to 2015, it’s time for our last Top Ten post of the year. Here are my top ten royal jewel moments of 2014 — be sure to add your lists in the comments!
The Duchess of Cambridge surprised royal jewel lovers when she debuted a new emerald and diamond demi-parure during her visit to New York. The set, which includes earrings and a bracelet, features square-cut emeralds and yellow and white diamonds.
9. Christina in Aquamarines
In March, Princess Christina wore the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara for the first time, bolstering hopes that Princess Margaretha has perhaps chosen to reunite the piece with the main Bernadotte line.
It’s that time of year again, everyone — break out the champagne and settle in for yet another year in review post! Let’s make our new year extra sparkly by having a look at some of the tiaras worn by royal ladies in 2014, shall we?
2014 has been quite a year for royal jewels, but no single royal has offered more surprises on the jewel front than Queen Elizabeth II. While she stuck to her usual favorites for major gala appearances, her daily wardrobe of brooches expanded significantly — thanks, I think, to Angela Kelly’s guidance and to the influx of gifts following the Diamond Jubilee. Here are ten (seriously, ten!) brooches we saw HM wear for the first time this year.
In April, HM debuted a stunning treasure during her first meeting with Pope Francis: a brooch made of a sapphire ringed with gold and diamonds. The piece was purchased by Queen Mary in 1934; it’s said to have belonged to Empress Marie Feodorovna.
This lovely tourmaline, diamond, and pearl brooch was given to the Queen by the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan in 2013. She wore it for the first time in February, and has sported it on several outings since, including an outing at Royal Ascot.
The national flower of Wales, the daffodil, is represented in diamond form in this new brooch, worn for the first time in public by the Queen during a visit to Essex in May. Many think this was a Diamond Jubilee gift; she’d previously worn it when sitting for a portrait commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union.
We don’t know the provenance of this diamond bar brooch, worn for the first time in March for a Commonwealth reception, although its “C” motifs may indeed suggest a connection to HM’s role as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The first of two new brooches worn by HM during her June state visit to France, this gold and diamond brooch is shaped like a spray of sorghum. It was given to the Queen by Botswana’s president in 2007.
This diamond and aquamarine brooch, similar in profile to the Queen’s Cartier aquamarine clips, is from the late Queen Mum’s collection. It was worn for the first time at Ascot and then repeated later in the year.