Two classic royal ruby necklaces face off in this contest!
The Crown Ruby Necklace vs. The Baring Ruby Necklace
This necklace, which was acquired from Garrard in the 1850s by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, is part of a demi-parure of jewels that was originally set with diamonds and opals. The pieces were purchased to coordinate with Queen Victoria’s Indian Circlet, which was also originally set with opals instead of rubies. At the dawn of the twentieth century, Queen Alexandra had the opals in the necklace replaced with large rubies. The necklace was a great favorite of the Queen Mother, who wore it regularly until her death. Today, it’s worn by the Queen.
In 1964, the Queen purchased this necklace to add another ruby option to her royal jewelry box. The necklace is made of diamonds and flat-cut rubies. It has three distinctive pendant stones, which the Royal Collection states were probably originally made as earrings. The Queen has paired the necklace with various tiaras over the years, including the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik, Queen Victoria’s Indian Circlet, Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, and the Burmese Ruby Tiara.