We’ve reached the Elite Eight round of our British Royal Necklace Contest! Here’s a preview of the matches you’ll be voting on this week!
In our diamond region, we’re down to two worthy contenders. The Coronation Necklace comes from the reign of Queen Victoria and is passed down from monarch to monarch. Camilla’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Necklace is a modern piece packed with brilliant sparkle. Which pear-shaped diamonds will triumph?
RED AND GREEN STONES
In our ruby and emerald portion of the bracket, we’re left with two classics from the Queen’s jewelry box. The Crown Ruby Necklace was bought by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and its original opals were replaced by rubies by Queen Alexandra. The Delhi Durbar Necklace was commissioned by Queen Mary, using some of the Cambridge Emeralds and one of the Cullinan Diamonds. Will the scarlet rubies or the verdant emeralds win this prize?
Two classic designs have battled for the final place of pride in the pearl region. Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace was a wedding gift from a Prince of Wales to his Danish royal bride, and it’s been beloved by British royal women for a century and a half. Camilla’s Pink Topaz & Pearl Choker is a newer royal addition, but it’s quickly become a fixture at major royal events. Which pearls will win this round?
Our last (but not least) region of the bracket, featuring sparkling blue gemstones, has come down to a sapphire and aquamarine showdown. The George VI Sapphire Necklace is a favorite of the Queen, partly because it was a wedding gift from her beloved father. The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace is a modern, convertible jewel, featuring a blue-green aquamarine in an electric diamond setting. Will the sapphires or the aquamarine reign supreme?
Voting gets underway tomorrow morning! In the meantime, we’ve got some sparkling rainbow of jewels on the way…