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famous dignitaries, fundraising societies, and her own family and loved ones, her collection is an amalgamation of historical references and sentimentalities that carry more weight than just any jewel.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.
(Photos courtesy of Lang Antiques)
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