British Royal designs: jewellery of the royals
August 17, 2023 • 4 min read
When you think of the British royal family, you think regal, elegant, refined, exclusive. Like their image, the jewellery often worn within the royal family encapsulate the same feel. Created to suit their class and established status, they only have the best of the best when it comes to accessories.
Fit for royalty, their jewellery selection is some of the world’s finest jewels. Shared from one generation to another, the classic pieces are priceless designs that have been personally created for the monarchy.
There have been so many iconic designs throughout time. From elegant tiaras to renowned rings, we’ve listed some of the best pieces from the royal family’s jewellery collection below.
Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara
As expected, the royal family have many crowns and tiaras witnessed throughout their reign. Queen Mary’s ‘Lover’s Knot Tiara’ is one of the most recognised and admired tiaras.
Made in 1913, Queen Mary commissioned a copy of the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara to be made after she strongly admired the original. After Queen Mary’s passing, the stunning headpiece was passed to Queen Elizabeth II. Since then, it has been lent to other royal family members, including Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.
The design itself is instantly recognised by many across the globe. Its stunning design consists of diamonds, with 19 hanging pearls set in gold and silver.
A mix of diamonds and pearls, it can be easily matched with jewellery. It is often paired with pearl earrings and diamond necklaces, achieving a further regal aesthetic.
Kate Middleton’s Engagement Ring
One of the most notable engagement rings in the royal family, Prince William proposed to the Duchess of Cambridge with a breathtaking ring that is full of history. A family heirloom, it is the same original engagement ring given to the late Princess Diana by Prince Charles.
The beautiful engagement ring has an unmistakable blue sapphire and white diamond design and it takes inspiration from another signature blue sapphire design in the royal collection, the Prince Albert Brooch. Regal and elegant, the ring features a 14-diamond halo surrounding the oval-cut blue sapphire. It is simply fit for royalty.
Iconic, this ring further ignited the trend of sapphire engagement rings, seeing many similar designs purchased around the world.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Pearl Choker
A bespoke design made for Queen Elizabeth II; this pearl necklace has graced several necks of royalty. Lent to Princess Diana and Kate Midleton, the four-strand design is a famous design sported at many royal events.
It has been said that the pearls the necklace was made of were gifted to the Queen from the Japanese government before she had it created into the current accessory.
A universally recognised pearl necklace, it is a distinct design. The four strands of pearls meet a unique almond-shaped diamond pendant in the middle. Lustrous meets brilliance, it is a stunning design that fits any royal function.
The Prince Albert Brooch
A brooch that has adorned many queens and queen consorts, the Prince Albert Brooch is a famous royal jewel. As the inspiration behind Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, this sapphire and diamond design is a royal classic.
The brooch was a gift to Queen Victoria from Prince Albert the day before their wedding. Queen Victoria was in love with the brooch, so much so she even had it pinned to her wedding dress. When she passed, she requested it to become an heirloom to the crown, worn by future queens.
The design features an impressive royal blue sapphire in the middle, surrounded by a halo of round white diamonds. The shape resonates the figure of a flower, creating an elegant design.
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