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Old 07-05-2012, 04:36 AM
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I can't quite tell what the colored gems are in the center of the flowers, Artemisia. Are they amethysts?
As ldmemail said, the stones in the centre are rubies. The brooch was a gift from people of Australia to the late Queen Mother; Queen Elizabeth inherited it along with most of her mother's jewellery. Incidentally, the Sapphire Grape Brooch was also the Queen Mother's.

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Old 07-06-2012, 02:51 PM
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Today's brooch is new to me. Has anyone seen this one before? http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...2_634x1065.jpg

The Queen is very pretty today!
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:11 PM
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I don't recognize it either, Admirer. HM does look lovely today! Thank you for the link.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:57 PM
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That's the Queen's Six-Petalled Flower Brooch.
It's actually one of the oldest in her collection; she has owned it for at least 50 years.
The earliest picture of Her Majesty wearing it (that I remember right now) is from 1960's. More recent sightings included Ascot 2007.

There is a single large diamond in the middle, with the six petals containing 3 large diamonds each.

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:02 PM
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That Flower Brooch is very stunning!
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:16 PM
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Very lovely; this is the only flower brooch I've seen that didn't have a stem to it. Thanks for the ID, Artemisia.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:39 PM
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You are welcome, Baroness.

For today's visit to Hereford and Worcester, the Queen wore her Palm Leaf Brooch.

Before reading Hugh Roberts' The Queen's Diamonds (until I get my own copy, a couple of pages were kindly scanned by a friend), I - along with most jewellery watchers - called this brooch the Paisley Brooch. However, since Roberts clearly sates this brooch from Cartier was meant to look like a palm leaf, I've changed all my records for this piece of jewellery. Still looks more like a paisley to me though.

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So beautiful; I love the curvature that gives it its name.
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I can't imagine I will ever think of this as anything other than a Paisley!
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:23 PM
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I know, it does so look like a paisley!
Palm Leaf is going to take some time getting used to.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:59 PM
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Palm leaf

OK, if you look at the right frond at the right angle, I buy the resemblance. It is far easier to see a paisley.
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No, sorry, I can't see a palm leaf in that shape brooch except for the curve; it'll stay the Paisley for me!
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:08 PM
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OK, if you look at the right frond at the right angle, I buy the resemblance. It is far easier to see a paisley.
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I'd expect a palm leaf brooch to be something more fringy or spiky.
You really do have to squint to see a resemblance.
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What a beauty! Thanks for posting, I also only see a paisley.I just love Cartier.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:35 PM
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Queen today in Birmingham: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/HfOwl...rt/vVlPcBdIoWN

That sun was blinding!

I like the flame lily. It may not have huge stones or a hundred year old history, but it looks elegant on the shoulder. Do you agree?
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:52 AM
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The Flame Lily brooch is one of my (and apparently, the Queen's) favourites.
It's very delicate, eye-catching and goes with virtually every outfit, especially in summer time.

A big picture of the brooch in all its glory.
You can read about the brooch and its history here.

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Flower brooches are so feminine and always strike me from another era, a very classic pin.
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...It's very...eye-catching.
Eye-catching indeed! Maybe it could be renamed "the Medusa brooch".

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That bit you cropped - I hadn't noticed before but it does look a lot like a Medusa. Or a snake suffering from a very bad hair day.
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SNAKE ON A BROOCH!
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