Antique & Estate Jewelry / Colored Stones / Diamonds

Which Jewels Will The Queen Wear During Her Platinum Jubilee?


As the owner of perhaps the most exceptional personal jewelry collection in the world, Queen Elizabeth II will surely don some of her most breathtaking and meaningful pieces at her Platinum Jubilee June 2–5 (she is, after all, the first British monarch ever to celebrate such a milestone). Made up of both antique pieces she’s inherited from past monarchs and modern pieces from foreign governments, famous dignitaries, fundraising societies, and her own family and loved ones, her collection is an amalgamation of historical references and sentimentalities that carry more weight than just any jewel. But there is a method to the madness behind her jewelry curation that we can expect throughout the Jubilee weekend. 

“Some [pieces] signal her status as the monarch and are part of the crown jewel regalia, such as the famous Diamond Diadem, which can be seen in her official Diamond Jubilee portrait and will be [seen along] with other showstopping tiaras for the Platinum Jubilee,” Nicole Corsini, the marketing director for Lang Antiques, tells JCK. “Some jewelry is so signature to her style that we couldn’t imagine her appearing without it, like those famous three-strand pearls or the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.  But in our favorite instances, her jewels are chosen for the way they subtly telegraph personal sentimentality.”

And given the death of her husband, Prince Philip, last year, the queen will likely wear nostalgic pieces that he gave her to honor him and their relationship. “I would not be surprised to see the sapphire chrysanthemum brooch, which she wore during their honeymoon photo session and for several family portraits, on the shoulder of her jacket at the Epsom Derby,” predicts Corsini. “Or perhaps the Edinburgh diamond wedding bracelet, which has been recently loaned to Kate Middleton, for a formal evening event like the Platinum Party at the palace.”

One thing that’s for certain: Jewelry aficionados around the world will not be disappointed. And as a teaser for those, here’s a look at a few pieces worthy of a Platinum Jubilee.

Diamond and sapphire earclips
Ear clips in 14k white gold and platinum with 22.78 cts. t.w. sapphires and 5.5 cts. t.w. diamonds, $195,000; Lang Antiques
Ruby and diamond suite
Bracelet, necklace, and drop earring suite in 18k white gold with 54.9 cts. t.w. Burmese rubies and 39 cts. t.w. fancy diamonds, $188,000; Lang Antiques
Edwardian diamond and emerald bracelet
Edwardian bracelet with a 10.5 ct. cabochon emerald and 4 cts. t.w. European-cut diamonds, $33,000; Lang Antiques
Antique diamond and pearl tiara
Antique tiara (circa 1900) in platinum and 14k gold with a 0.2 ct. European-cut diamond, 0.45 ct. t.w. European-cut diamonds, 0.3 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, and natural pearls, $7,950; Lang Antiques
Edwardian fringe necklace
Edwardian fringe necklace in platinum and 18k gold with 35 cts. t.w. antique mine-, European- and pear-cut diamonds, $145,000; Lang Antiques
Vintage Chaumet suite
Vintage Chaumet earring, bracelet, and pin suite in 18k yellow gold with 3.2 cts. t.w. old mine– and European-cut diamonds, and 27.75 cts. t.w. round- and oval-cut sapphires, $24,500; Lang Antiques
Mid-century Oscar Heyman brooch
Mid-century Oscar Heyman flower brooch in 18k gold with 67 cts. t.w. calf-cut sapphires and 1.15 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, $39,000; Lang Antiques

(Photos courtesy of Lang Antiques)

Follow me on Instagram: @anniedavidson

Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Twitter: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Facebook: @jckmagazine

By: Annie Davidson Watson

Log Out

Are you sure you want to log out?

CancelLog out