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Old 03-24-2014, 11:47 AM
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what do you think about discussed brooch?

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it reminds me this brooch:
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What a great and unusual way to wear the brooch! I have never thought of putting one on a hat. Way to go your majesty!
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:41 PM
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*blinks*

Please tell me that's not an optical illusion and I really am seeing my Birthstone being worn by HM The Queen and I don't mean HM Queen Maxima and the Dutch Fire Opals!?! I really am seeing this!?!



I adore my Birthstone and do not understand why there's this apparent lack of love for it in Royal Circles. It's the one stone that actually works w/any colour of outfit and yet....!?!

I will quite gleefully take this lovely surprise however. Would love a closer look of the brooch, as it truly looks amazing.
I'm guessing you mean the lovely opal brooch...?
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:11 PM
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I'm guessing you mean the lovely opal brooch...?
The issue with opals, of course, is their fragility - and the attendant bad luck associated with their fragility.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:07 AM
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BBC News - Queen meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Does anybody recognise the brooch HM is wearing in Rome today? You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the BBC story to get the best view.

To me, it does not look like the Kent amethyst brooch she normally uses - perhaps it is one of the other Kent brooches rarely seen.

http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co....mi-parure.html
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:53 AM
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BBC News - Queen meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Does anybody recognise the brooch HM is wearing in Rome today? You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the BBC story to get the best view.

To me, it does not look like the Kent amethyst brooch she normally uses - perhaps it is one of the other Kent brooches rarely seen.

From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Kent Amethyst Demi-Parure
Her Majesty is wearing her late Mother's sapphire and diamond brooch. I will try and locate a photo
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:11 AM
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Is it the one The Queen Mother gave to Diana as a wedding present?

This brooch is different though- Picture-
https://www.google.com/search?q=The+...ml%3B376%3B434

Okay, it's one of The Queen Mother's amethyst and diamond brooches-
http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-...384455902.html
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:22 AM
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BBC News - Queen meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Does anybody recognise the brooch HM is wearing in Rome today? You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the BBC story to get the best view.

To me, it does not look like the Kent amethyst brooch she normally uses - perhaps it is one of the other Kent brooches rarely seen.

From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Kent Amethyst Demi-Parure
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Her Majesty is wearing her late Mother's sapphire and diamond brooch. I will try and locate a photo
It certainly looks like QEQM's sapphire brooch. Why HM would wear a sapphire brooch with what looks like a lilac outfit, recognising she may have a few amethyst brooches (and more neutral diamond, or diamond and pearl ones) she could use, shall remain a mystery to us all.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:36 AM
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It certainly looks like QEQM's sapphire brooch. Why HM would wear a sapphire brooch with what looks like a lilac outfit, recognising she may have a few amethyst brooches (and more neutral diamond, or diamond and pearl ones) she could use, shall remain a mystery to us all.
Perhaps we have to call it lavender and as the old rhyme says - Lavender's blue !!! :-)
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:39 AM
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Maybe she simply likes how the sapphire color "reads" on a lilac background. Purple on purple reads very differently than it does on white or pink, etc. Perhaps she simply likes how the color pops. She has done this before.
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My question is why would the Queen give the Pope whiskey? Just seems like an odd gift to give him.

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:46 PM
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My question is why would the Queen give the Pope whiskey? Just seems like an odd gift to give him.

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probably being discussed on another thread, but she didnt just give him whisky - she gave him a hamper of local produce/some from her own farms and it included whisky, beer and vension
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:39 PM
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Maybe she simply likes how the sapphire color "reads" on a lilac background. Purple on purple reads very differently than it does on white or pink, etc. Perhaps she simply likes how the color pops. She has done this before.
Well, I have to say that the brooch is eye-popping in its own merit and is absolutely a massive beautiful piece.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:11 AM
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Well, I have to say that the brooch is eye-popping in its own merit and is absolutely a massive beautiful piece.
I agree it is a lovely brooch.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:12 AM
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A number of news arcitles are stating that "Buckingham Palace said the brooch was acquired by Queen Mary in 1934 and bequeathed to the Queen in 1953." This is a bit confusing since the Queen Mother wore the brooch for decades!

Queen in Rome ahead of Pope meeting - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:44 AM
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It is a real stunner. It amazes me how at almost 88 years of age The Queen can just pull amazing jewellery out of her vault that still surprises us. One wonders what else is lurking there.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:10 AM
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Wonderful article in HerMajesty's Jewel Vault on the piece, Russian Sapphire Cluster brooch. Part of the Russian Jewels Queen Mary purchased from the children of Empress Alexandrovna, who was a Danish princess and sister to Queen Alexandra There is a companion piece to this one, even larger that was recently sold at auction.From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:18 AM
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Thank you, Frelinghighness, for the link. That is a gem of a website (pardon the pun!).
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That's a great website, Frelinghighness, and thanks for sharing it. Such impressive provenance on that brooch.
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