9 Crown Jewels Whose Secrets Are As Interesting As Palace Conspiracies
The life of the Royal Palace is always full of mysteries. And often, jewels play the key role in them. For example, one diamond in the Royal Crown can be the reason for a conflict between countries! Royal relics can tell the history from a little bit a different angle.
We at Bright Side have found the 9 most curious jewels that belong or belonged to crowned people. And every single jewel has an amazing history.
9. Queen Victoria's sapphire brooch
Queen Victoria (1839–1876) loved sapphires very much. A few days before their marriage, her fiance Prince Albert presented the Queen with a sapphire brooch which she loved so much that she even put it on for the wedding. According to an old English tradition, during the wedding, the bride should have four things on her: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. So, Albert's present became the "something blue" in Queen Victoria's collection. The blue color symbolizes loyalty to a person, so it would be hard to come up with a better wedding gift. Now, this brooch belongs to Elizabeth II, who wears it for special occasions.
Since then, the jewelry house "House of Garrard" puts a small sapphire into every engagement ring as the "something blue" for the bride.
8. Marie Antoinette's necklace
This incredibly beautiful necklace which consists of precious metals with diamonds was the the center of the biggest incident in the 18th century. People very close to the Queen bought this necklace with loans and it cost an unbelievable amount of money. The Queen claims to not have know anything about the purchase but many people didn't believe her story and were sure she ordered them to buy it. She had actually wanted to purchase this necklace herself, but she didn't because the price was too high.
There was a huge amount of mystery and deception surrounding Marie Antoinette which led to an increase in political unrest in France. The Queen was thought to be involved in an extramarital affair but nothing was ever confirmed. In the end, this necklace was one of the factors leading to a huge decline in her popularity as queen.
7. Elizabeth's II broken tiara
The diamond tiara which you can see on Elizabeth II was given to her on her wedding day. However, right before the ceremony, her hairdresser broke it. The tiara was immediately sent to "House of Garrard" where it was fixed very quickly and transported back to the Queen. Can you imagine how worried she was?
6. Faberge eggs: House of Romanov's family jewels
The tradition of painting eggs for Easter has existed in Russia since ancient times. Of course, the Royal Family followed this tradition, too. Alexander III decided to bring something new to this custom and came up with a very interesting surprise for his wife — a jewelry egg. There was a small chicken in this egg, covered in enamel, and inside the chicken, there was another gift — a ruby necklace and the crown. The Empress loved the present so much, her husband continued to give her a new egg every Easter. His son also continued the tradition.
Gustav Fabergé was the artist who created all of the eggs. As the tradition became more popular these eggs were also created for other members of the royal family, even for those from other countries.
After the revolution, the Bolsheviks sold most of the eggs for money, so only 9 of them remain in Russia. You can see them in the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
5. The British Imperial State Crown
The British Imperial State Crown, as we know it today, was created in 1937 for King George VI. The crown has an excessive number of precious stones on it, so it's no wonder that it weighs almost 7.6 pounds.
But all of them are nothing compared to the Koh-i-Noor diamond. The name can be translated as "the mountain of light" which is right in the center of the crown. This is probably the most famous diamond the in the world. It's more than 300 years old and it comes from India. It has never been sold, it was only taken away by force from one owner to another. In 1849, after the colonization of India, the diamond landed in Queen Victoria's hands.
After India became independent, the Indian government asked the English to return their national treasure, but the English government made it clear that this was out of the question.
4. Kate Middleton's wedding tiara
The diamond tiara that Kate Middleton wore for her wedding doesn't have a sordid history. But its existence has only just begun. This piece of jewelry was purchased by George VI and inherited by Elizabeth II. The tiara has exactly 888 diamonds on it.
Elizabeth II has never really worn this tiara but she lent it out pretty often. The Queen's sister and daughter wore the tiara frequently. And, the relic was worn by Prince William's jubilant bride in 2011.
3. Golden bracelets of the Danish princesses
There is an unusual royal tradition in Denmark — all princesses receive a golden bracelet for their 5th birthday. The tradition started in the times of Ingrid of Sweden. Her mother gave her a golden bracelet for her 5th birthday and soon after, she died, making her daughter an orphan. The young princess cherished the present so much that when she had her own daughter, Ingrid decided to start a tradition and give the same present to her. Since then, all girls of the royal family receive this gift.
2. Queen Rania's emerald tiara
Queen Rania of Jordan is a wonderful woman. She was one of the first women who openly went public, challenged the rules, and created a cultural revolution. She played a huge role in very important women's rights reforms including their right to vote, their right to drive a car, and the right to choose their own clothes.
Every time Queen Rania appears in public, she looks flawless. "Chanel," "Dior," and, "Yves Saint Laurent" are among her favorite brands. Despite her status, she didn't have her own crown for a long time. But in 2000 the Queen of Jordan finally got her own crown — a tiara made of emeralds and black gold, made by "Boucheron." This piece of jewelry is called "the Emerald Ivy" because it looks similar to the ivy plant.
1. Princess Diana's ring
Lady Diana chose this sapphire ring when she got engaged to Prince Charles. This was a big surprise for the Royal family, especially Elizabeth II. The ring was made by "House of Garrard" and cost $38,000 at the time. The Royal family thought that it was a terrible choice, because any person could afford it!
After Diana died, the ring was inherited by Prince William, who later presented it to Kate Middleton. Today, nobody cares about the exclusive royal pieces of jewelry — Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears "Zara" which the British people think is a great idea: this demonstrates that she is elegant and practical.
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