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British royal jewelry tends to amaze most people because of its precious materials and special design. Have a look at the noble heirlooms that have been handed down from generation to generation!
The $207,000 Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara has long been a wedding present and was passed from Queen Mary to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1947. The current queen calls it "Granny's Tiara" and wears it on important occasions, such as to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014.
Instead of borrowing a diadem from the royal family, Princess Diana wore her beloved Spencer Tiara to her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. The 24-karat gold heirloom, encrusted with 800 diamonds, has been in the Spencer family for nearly a century and is worth $225,000.
Grandma's Chip brooch is one of Britain's most iconic brooches and was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 from her grandmother, Queen Mary. Featuring 2 diamonds cut from the legendary 3,106 carats Cullinan diamond, this brooch is worth a cool $50 million!
To match her wedding outfit, Meghan Markle borrowed Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau from the royal family. It was made for Queen Mary in 1932 and then inherited by Queen Elizabeth. This classic Art Deco tiara is said to be worth $2.5 million.
The $4 million Lover's Knot Tiara, made of pearls and diamonds, was originally designed for Queen Mary in 1914. It was one of Princess Diana's preferred heirlooms in her collection and she wore it from time to time while representing the royal family at events.
Meghan Markle chose to wear these "Snowstorm" earrings from Birks at her wedding rehearsal dinner in 2018. Studded with 2 carats of diamonds in an 18kt gold setting, the snowflake-shaped earrings cost Meghan $12,000.
To match the aquamarine necklace given by the Brazilian president, Queen Elizabeth II commissioned an aquamarine tiara, which is now worth $1 million. Together the 2 pieces are known as the Brazilian Aquamarine Set and are the most imposing diadems in her collection. Since the set is so heavy, the queen has only worn it a few times in the past decade, and the last time was to a Spanish state banquet in 2017.
Prince Charles has worn the gold-stamped pinkie ring to almost every important occasion, from his engagement to Princess Diana to his marriage to Camilla Parker-Bowles. It's not clear why the ring is so important to him, but news agency Bloomberg presumes that Prince Charles wears it as a nod to the medieval tradition of wax seals.
The $1 million diamond and sapphire jewels were given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift by a Saudi prince in 1981. She has worn this Saudi jewelry set many times, most famously matching them with a pink dress on her first visit to Australia after marrying Prince Charles.
For her platinum anniversary portraits, Queen Elizabeth II chose to wear her Scarab Brooch, which is crafted out of yellow gold with ruby and diamond embellishments. This $50,000 Brooch has sentimental value for the Queen as it was a gift from her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1966.
The striking piece of jewelry was worn by Kate Middleton at the Dutch state dinner at Buckingham Palace in 2018. It was originally given by Prince Albert to his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, as a wedding gift in 1863. With a brooch, matching earrings, and a diamond necklace, the set of jewels is worth $1.6 million.
Princess Diana wore a diamond and South Sea pearl necklace to attend her last public appearance, a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in 1997. The necklace and a pair of matching earrings were designed with input from Diana herself and later named the Swan Lake set. It was later sold for $13 million at auction.
Prince Charles has been wearing the limited edition Parmigiani watch ever since 2015. He picked up the $12,500 18-carat gold watch while enjoying a family vacation at Chalet Eugenia, Switzerland.
Originally a wedding gift for the Queen Mother in 1923, the amethyst heart necklace has been worn by Camilla on a number of occasions, including to the royal premiere of the James Bond film Skyfall. This unique necklace, set with rows of pearls and diamonds, is worth about $200,000.
Princess Diana was most fond of the 11-Strand pearl choker among all her pearl jewelry collections. This huge fan of pearls has worn the necklace to many national events, especially film premieres and nights at the theater. Made with 900 pearls and columns of diamonds and rubies, the choker is worth about $200,000.
First worn by Princess Diana when she visited Canada in 1986, the $15,000 diamond butterfly earrings were later given to the Duchess of Sussex by Prince Harry to mark her pregnancy. Meghan Markle wore them during her visit to Australia in 2018.
After nearly a century of hibernation, the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara was finally seen on Princess Eugenie's wedding day in 2018. The 93.7-carat emerald tiara was inspired by the popular Russian Kokoshnik style and is now worth $5 to $10 million.
Queen Elizabeth II received the gem-studded flower basket brooch from her parents when Prince Charles was born in 1948 and has worn it for seven decades. This $50,000 sentimental brooch has witnessed many important moments, such as the christening of Prince George in 2013 and the Christmas Speech of the same year.
Created by Queen Mary for Delhi Durbar and then passed on to the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth, the Delhi Durbar Tiara has weathered the ages. The current queen has never worn it but loaned it to Camilla, who wore the $2 million tiaras only once, in 2005.
Princess Margaret has always been willing to try out new styles that might suit her. She once commissioned a brooch featuring the 'M' monogram beneath a coronet. This brooch was sold for $200,000 at auction.
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