Buckingham Palace is leaving no stone unturned to make the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II a sparkling event with an exhibition of gemstones scheduled for this summer. These extremely rare pieces of jewels will unveil the story of her reign, and those of her predecessors, when they will go on public display in August and September this year. The royal jewelry exhibition will showcase the love affair between diamonds and the Royals at Buckingham palace with over 200 year old gemstones on display. Below are the highlights of the rare collection that will be displayed.
1. Girls of Great Britain Tiara
The Girls of Great Britain Tiara which is also known as 'Granny's tiara' is one of the highlights. It was a wedding present from the Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary from 1893. This is one of the most precious possessions that Queen holds and wore at the state banquet for the Turkish president in November. The tiara was originally crafted in pearls around the top but was altered in 1920 by Queen Mary who replaced pearls with diamonds.
2. Collet necklace and Earrings
This stunning necklace and matching diamonds earrings were worn by the Queen at her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in 1953. The coller necklace is crafted form of 25 large graduated, cushion-shaped, brilliant-cut diamonds and a central drop-shaped pendant of 22.48 carats. The necklace was especially created for Queen Victoria. The unique detachable diamond drop, known as the Lahore stone, was at first part of the Timur ruby necklace.
3.Queen Victoria’s miniature personal crown and Queen's Williamson Brooch
The dazzling crown with is a miniature of her personal crown that consists of 1,200 diamonds will also be on display. Queen's Williamson Brooch that features a rare pink diamond, which is said to be the finest in existence, is also the part of Diamond jubilee celebration.
4. South African Necklace and Bracelet
Queen Victoria’s South African necklace and matching bracelet that she received form S. African government is also on display. She received it as her 21st birthday gift while she was in Cape town for the birthday celebrations. She wore this precious diamond necklace and bracelet 52 years later on a return visit to Africa. The Queen also wore this jewel while she played a guest to South African president Jacob Zuma in England.
5. An uncut diamond and a snuff box
Queen Victoria was gifted a 23.6–carat uncut diamond from Tanzania as a wedding present by the Canadian geologist Dr JT Williamson and later made into a flower brooch by Cartier in 1953. This brooch is also the part of the grand exhibition. A blck colored snuff box adonred with diamonds made for King Frederick the Great of Prussia, c.1770-75 will be among the attractions.
The Royal Collection exhibition will cost £18 ($ 29) per adult to visit. Apart from a jewelry exhibition ,we have also told you about the Diageo’ s £100K limited edition scotch whisky that is specially designed to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II rule in 2012. Expensive jewelry collector may check out the list of most expensive royal jewelry.