The Most Expensive Jewels to Ever Be Worn by Queen Elizabeth II
By Cristine Parungao
One of the most powerful individuals in the United Kingdom is the 93-year old Queen Elizabeth II. Over the longtime that the monarchy has been in power, the royal family sure collected a lot of treasures, particularly jewels. For decades, the Queen was gifted with unique and rare jewelry pieces with incredible value.
The Queen’s vast jewelry collection is public knowledge, however, most of the prices are not disclosed. Most experts only give price tags based on the rarity of the stones, colors, and other integral factors. Additionally, the value of the jewels can be traced from its origin where these are originally purchased.
In this article, we are going to find out the most expensive jewels to be worn by the Queen Elizabeth II. These jewels were seen only on ceremonial occasions and some public events. Among her ‘ordinary’ pieces, that Queen shows off other high-value jewels over the years. Read on to know more.
10. The Japanese Pearl Choker
The stunning four-strand pearl choker is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most used pieces of jewelry. The Japanese government presented the necklace to her when she made her first visit to Japan in 1975. The finest cultured pearls are clasped with a curved shape diamond, which makes the necklace one-of-a-kind.
The Queen is known to lend her priceless jewels to her family, including the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. The most recent person to sport the precious necklace was Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. She wore the choker during the 70th wedding anniversary party of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
9. Cambridge Lover Knot Tiara
Value: $1 million
The iconic headpiece worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day is the diamond and pearl Lover Knot Tiara. This particular jewelry was part of Queen Mary’s collection but was passed to Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles.
The origin of the Lover Knot Tiara can be traced to 1913 from jeweler Garrard to replicate Princess Augusta of Hasse-Kassel’s headpiece. The Queen inherited the magnificent piece and gave it to Princess Diana. However, after the divorce to Prince Charles, the tiara was returned to the Queen.
8. Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara
Value: $1.5 million
Judging by its name, this tiara was made by jeweler company Cartier. It was a gift from Queen Elizabeth’s father to his mom, the Queen mother, before their wedding in 1936. The headpiece was later on gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday, and then lent around the royal family.
The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara was chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding with Prince William in 2011. According to some sources, the estimated value of the headpiece is no less than $1.5 million.
7. Cullinan V Brooch
Value: $2 million
Aside from tiaras and necklaces, the Queen also wears an iconic brooch during special occasions. Specifically, the Cullinan V is a V-shape diamond brooch with 19carats. It was designed by the late Queen Mary in 1911.
The price of this piece is approximately $2 million because it comes from the cuts of the legendary Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality diamond ever found in the world.
6. The Russian Fringe Tiara
The eye-catching and glimmering Russian Fringe Tiara was worn by Queen Elizabeth for a number of occasions, including her wedding with Prince Philip. The headpiece is made up of 400 diamonds set in white and yellow gold.
Although the price is unknown, experts believe that its value is worth millions, judging by the rarity of the diamonds in place. The Russian Fringe Tiara was originally gifted to Princess of Wales, Princess Alexandra for her 25th wedding anniversary in the year 1888.
The piece was later passed on within the royal family until it reaches the Queen.
5. The Kent Amethysts
This huge amethyst and diamond necklace originally belonged to Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, that’s why the name of this jewel set is Kent Amethysts. This set is composed of a diamond brooch, necklace, and earrings—one of the best in Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry collection.
The Queen was spotted wearing this set on March 26, 1985. Since then, the jewelry remained on her vault for decades.
4. Burmese Rubies
Value: $8.6 million
The 96 exceptionally huge rubies framed with diamonds was a wedding gift of Nizam of Hyderabad when Queen Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The set, tiara, and necklace are called the Burmese Ruby, which is worth around $8.6 million.
The Queen was seen wearing the tiara and the necklace for a number of occasions, including the royal gala on May 30, 1977.
3. Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond Set
Another rare and unique jewelry pieces owned by the Queen Elizabeth II is the Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond. It is an eye candy that perfectly matches the Queen’s blue eyes and fair skin.
The worth of the diamond is not exact, however, jewelry experts believe this set costs millions of pounds. The color, cut, and size of the stone make up for its huge price tag. She wore the set last June 11, 1992 in a royal event.
2. Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara
The aquamarine tiara is one of the most precious pieces of jewelry of Queen Elizabeth II. She commissioned the headpiece to Garrard to match her aquamarine earrings and necklace set, which was gifted to her by the People of Brazil for her coronation.
According to insiders, the uprights of the tiara are detachable and can be used as brooches. The Queen was seen wearing the set for a number of occasions, but her blue dress matched the tiara, necklace, and earrings in 1986.
1. The Imperial State Crown
Value: $39 million
The number one item on the list is the 2,868-silver diamond crown, the Imperial State Crown. The headpiece contained brilliant-cut and colored stones, with 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 269 pearls.
The headpiece remained to the Queen’s protection since her coronation. It was a current version, embellished by thousands of diamond pieces. According to the Reader’s Digest, the value of the crown is no less than $39 million.
Queen Elizabeth II is known to have the biggest, most precious, and expensive jewelry collection in the world. From diamonds to rare stones, the Queen surely has the best pieces of jewelry, passed from generation to generation.
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