Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 60th anniversary on England’s throne. In honor of the occasion, we look at several awe-inspiring jewelry pieces from the queen’s legendary jewelry collection.
Aquamarine Necklace and Earrings
During her coronation in 1952, the Brazilian president gave 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II an oversized aquamarine necklace and matching earrings as a gift from the people of Brazil. The necklace features 9 oversized, square-cut aquamarines surrounded by diamonds and set in platinum. The matching earrings also features aquamarines set in diamonds and platinum.
Royal Engagement Ring
Queen Elizabeth II’s royal engagement ring was given to her by Prince Philip in 1947. The ring’s diamond stones were once set in a tiara that belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum engagement ring features a large square center diamond flanked by smaller diamonds.
You cannot be a queen without a gorgeous tiara, and Queen Elizabeth II has a staggering collection of stunning headpieces. The Vladimir Tiara is reportedly Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite. Originally made for the Grand Duchess of Vladimir, the aunt of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the Vladimir Tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution of 1921. The Vladimir Tiara was eventually sold to Queen Mary, who had its pearls removed, and modified the headpiece to fit 15 emeralds. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the tiara from Queen Mary in 1953.