It’s time for our first contest of the Final Four round! But first, some results from last week…
Gorgeous pear-shaped diamond pendants faced off in this contest! The Coronation Necklace took home the victory with 72.53% of the vote, while 27.47% of you selected Camilla’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Necklace.
This colorful contest came down to the wire! Though the Crown Ruby Necklace was chosen by 41.36% of voters, the Delhi Durbar Necklace won the round with 58.64% of the vote.
Which means that today’s contest is a match between…
The Coronation Necklace vs. The Delhi Durbar 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.
This classic royal necklace was made by Garrard in 1911, combining the Cambridge Emeralds with one of the Cullinan Diamonds. The piece is designed as a modern necklace with alternating diamonds and emeralds, as well as a pair of negligee pendants. The necklace and the rest of the coordinating parure were worn by Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar that December. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the necklace from her grandmother in 1953, and she loves to pair it with the emerald setting of the Vladimir Tiara.