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Queen Elizabeth II's Most Glamorous Jewels and Tiaras

Her Majesty's jewelry box is unmatched.
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It's no surprise that in a monarchy over 1,200 years old, Queen Elizabeth would have inherited some extraordinary and priceless pieces of jewelry. While some of her treasures were specially made for her, others were passed through a long line of British monarchs or gifted to her. Here's a peek inside Her Royal Highness's peerless jewelry box.

THE IMPERIAL STATE CROWN


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On January 1, 1967, the Queen wore the Imperial State Crown along with the diamond necklace she had worn for her coronation. The crown was made for the coronation of King George VI in 1937 and is set with 2868 diamonds in silver mounts, largely table-, rose- and brilliant-cut, and colored stones in gold mounts, including 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 269 pearls.

BURMESE RUBIES


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In 1973, the Queen ordered the Burmese ruby tiara from Garrard. The tiara is set with 96 rubies that were gifted to the Queen by the people of Burma as a wedding present. Here, she's wearing the tiara at a royal gala in May 30, 1977.

THE GRAND DUCHESS OF VLADIMIR OF RUSSIA TIARA


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The Queen's diamond and pearl looped tiara, worn here on May 22, 1978, is known as the Grand Duchess Of Vladimir Tiara. The tiara was purchased in 1921 by Queen Mary, who bought it from the daughter of the Grand Duchess Vladimir. It was eventually passed down to Mary's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth, and the tiara is now one of the Queen's favorites.

THE JAPANESE PEARL CHOKER


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This four-strand pearl choker with a diamond pendant was commissioned for the Queen by the Japanese government in the early '80s; she's seen wearing it here on November 16, 1983. It's been seen on the Duchess of Cambridge as well.

CROWN AMETHYST SUITE OF JEWELS


The Queen's striking amethyst set, which includes a diamond brooch, necklace and earrings, is known as the Crown Amethyst Suite of Jewels or the The Kent Amethysts. The set originally belonged to Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent. Elizabeth is seen wearing it here on March 26, 1985.

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THE BRAZILIAN AQUAMARINE PARURE TIARA


Here the Queen dons a diamond and aquamarine earrings, and necklace set, gifted to her by the People of Brazil for her coronation. Four years later, she commissioned Garrard to make her a tiara that matches nicely. The uprights are apparently detachable and could be used as brooches. She's seen wearing the set here on October 15, 1986.

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CAMBRIDGE AND DELHI DURBAR PARURE AND THE GIRLS OF IRELAND TIARA


The Queen's emerald necklace and matching earrings, worn here on October 14, 1989, are known as the Cambridge and Delhi Durbar Parure. The tiara is Queen Mary's Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara (also known affectionately as "Granny's Tiara"), which belonged to Elizabeth II's grandmother, Queen Mary. The tiara originally featured large pearls, which were removed on Queen Mary's orders and refashioned into the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, a favorite of both Princess Diana and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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THE RUSSIAN FRINGE TIARA


For a state banquet in Iceland on June 25, 1990, the Queen donned the Russian Fringe Tiara, which she wore to her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

THE VICTORIAN SUITE OF SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND SET


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The Queen's diamond and sapphire necklace and earrings, known fittingly as the Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond set, were made originally in 1850 and gifted to Lilibet by her father, King George VI, for her wedding. The matching tiara was made in 1963. She's seen wearing them here on June 11, 1992.

THE CULLINAN V HEART DIAMOND BROOCH


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Originally designed for Queen Mary in 1911, the Cullinan V Heart diamond brooch that the Queen is pictured wearing on March 9, 1989, is about 19 carats.

THE STATE DIADEM


The Queen's diamond crown, which she's pictured wearing on November 13, 2002, is known as the State Diadem and was made in 1820 for King George IV, Queen Victoria's uncle. The diadem is traditionally worn by queens and queens consort to the State Openings of Parliament.

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SCARAB BROOCH


This yellow gold, ruby, and diamond "Scarab Brooch" is a favorite of the Queen's and was gifted to her by her husband, Prince Philip, in 1966.

THE FLOWER BASKET BROOCH


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This charming bejeweled basket of flowers brooch was gifted to the Queen by her parents after the birth of Prince Charles in 1948.

THE LOVERS KNOT BROOCH


The bow-shaped diamond brooch the Queen wore, fittingly, to the 2011 marriage of Kate Middleton and her grandson Prince William, is known as the Lover's Knot brooch and was part of Queen Mary's collection.

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THE CROWN RUBY NECKLACE


For the Queen's official visit to Germany on June 24, 2015, she sported the Crown Ruby necklace, designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria. The monarch also wore Queen Victoria’s Crown Ruby Brooch for the occasion. They were part of the Queen Mother's collection until her death in 2002.

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THREE STRAND PEARL NECKLACE


This three-strand pearl necklace must be a favorite of the Queen's as she wears it frequently. Perhaps it is a go-to for the Queen because it was gifted to her by her father, King George VI, or because it is an elegant and simple piece that can be worn with many other jewels.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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