Which pear-shaped diamonds will triumph?
The Coronation Necklace vs. Camilla’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Necklace
Garrard made this simple, classic diamond necklace for Queen Victoria in 1858 to replace a necklace that had been lost in the Hanoverian Claim. The necklace incorporates the pear-shaped Lahore Diamond as a pendant. Later designated as an Heirloom of the Crown, the necklace has been worn by subsequent British queens at their coronations. Most recently, it was worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation in 1953. She’s continued to wear it often in the years since, for state banquets and important ceremonies like the State Opening of Parliament.
One of Camilla’s most-worn sets of gala jewelry is this demi-parure made of various sizes of pear-shaped diamonds. The suite, which includes a necklace and a large pair of earrings, is easy to coordinate with other pieces from her jewelry box. The necklace is a modern take on the classic fringe design, substituting various sizes of pear-cut diamonds for the traditional diamond-set fringes and spikes. Above, she wears the necklace (with the coordinating earrings) at the Olivier Awards in 2019.