Jubilee exhibit will include Monarch’s "personal jewels".
Buckingham Palace is set to host a special exhibition of the Royal jewellery this summer, showcasing the way in which diamonds have been used and worn by the British monarchy, with a number of items on show worn by the Queen herself.
The Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition is part of the summer opening of Buckingham Palace which takes place between June 30 and Jule 8, and July 31 to October 7.
The exhibition marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and will include pieces from the Queen’s personal jewels as well as those inherited or acquired during her reign.
The exhibition will include the Coronation necklace and earrings created for Queen Victoria and worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) and Queen Elizabeth II at their coronations.
The necklace is formed of 25 graduated cushion-shaped brilliant-cut diamonds and a central drop-shaped pendant of 22.48 carats.
There will also be Queen Victoria’s fringe brooch, likely to have been made by Garrard back in 1856, as well as Queen Victoria’s miniature crown, worn for her official Jubilee portrait in 1897, and set with 1,187 diamonds despite being just 10cm tall.
The showcase will also feature many loose and important diamonds owned by the monarchy, including seven of the nine principal stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever found, which will be reunited for the first time in the exhibition.
The exhibition also includes one of Her Majesty’s most widely recognised pieces of jewellery – the Diamond Diadem. It is the crown worn by the Queen on British and Commonwealth stamps and also features on certain issues of banknotes and coinage.
Despite its feminine associations, the piece was actually made for the famously extravagant coronation of George IV in 1821 and is set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, including a four-carat pale yellow brilliant, and consists of a band with two rows of pearls either side of a row of diamonds, above which are diamonds set in the form of a rose, a thistle and two shamrocks – the national emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland.