Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch. purchased along w/ necklace and earrings, from Garrard in 1854 by QV. Originally consisted of Opals and Diamonds. It's said that around 1902 Queen Alexandra, Queen Consort altered pieces by replacing Opals w/rubies, per Suzy Menkes, of The Royal Jewels, brooch not altered until 1926. Worn by Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother with rest of parure and Oriental Circlet Tiara. Not seen since death in 2002 but worn by QEII on 6/16/2015 to Royal Ascot, Day 1.
Designed during the Edwardian Period (1901-1915) this brooch features a magnificent 96-carat heart-shaped amethyst surrounded by diamonds. The mounting has a platinum top and yellow gold undercarriage. The filigree top echoes the heart shape with pierced work incorporating a fleur-de-lis motif. Part of the National Gem Collection on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington| The Daily Sparkle
The day before her February 10th, 1840 wedding to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wrote that she received a gift from: ‘dearest Albert’ of ‘a splendid brooch, a large sapphire set round with diamonds, which is really quite beautiful’. She wore it to her wedding the next day, pinned to the front of her gown.
https://flic.kr/p/dep1ZT | Prince & Princess Andrew of Greece 1903 | They were married in Darmstadt, the Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany, in 1903 and then moved to Athens. It was this photo that inspired me to know more about the Greek Royal Family. I had no idea who the bride was, but I thought she was so beutiful - I had to learn who she was. I had no idea she would turn out to be the little known mother of the very well known Prince Philip, that her life would have such an emotional and in...