Get excited: it’s time for the championship vote in our British Royal Necklace Contest! But first, we’ve got the results from the final four matches…
Would the diamonds or the emeralds win this round? The Coronation Necklace triumphed in the contest, winning with 54.08% of the vote, while the Delhi Durbar Necklace held its own with 45.92%.
Would the pearls or the sapphires prevail? Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace punched its ticket to the championship, winning the round with 53.79% of the vote, while 46.21% of you chose the George VI Sapphire Necklace.
Which means that it all comes down to…
The Coronation Necklace vs. Queen Alexandra’s Wedding 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.
In 1863, the Prince of Wales ordered this diamond and pearl necklace from Garrard, plus its coordinating parure, as a wedding present for his bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Alexandra wore the necklace, with its button-style pearl and diamond clusters and pear-shaped pearl pendants, on their wedding day. In 1925, Queen Mary inherited the necklace, and she later passed it on to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Now owned by the Queen, the necklace was most recently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.