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Old 07-19-2017, 10:33 AM
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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:22 PM
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It's a stunner.
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I have always loved HM's brooch collection and admired the way she uses them for "nods" to particular places, events, etc. But in all honesty, there are very few that evoke a visceral response in me. This Snowflake does that, the way it is designed is the result of a true artist and the selection of the stones the work of a truly great gemologist.

I loved the deep blue of the central sapphires and thought they graduated to lighter and then aquamarine and on the end where the stones almost look opaque, I thought they were opals because of the flashes of fire.

Imagine my surprise to find that all the stones were all sapphires because they are nothing like any other sapphires I have seen. The clarity and colour variation is truly stunning and a wonderful example of nature's beauty. I think they are perhaps the most beautiful sapphires HM owns.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:43 PM
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The queen is wearing the aquamarine tiara tonight:

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Sorry, big, clumsy and ugly. Should have been reset many years ago.
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:39 AM
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I have always loved HM's brooch collection and admired the way she uses them for "nods" to particular places, events, etc. But in all honesty, there are very few that evoke a visceral response in me. This Snowflake does that, the way it is designed is the result of a true artist and the selection of the stones the work of a truly great gemologist.

I loved the deep blue of the central sapphires and thought they graduated to lighter and then aquamarine and on the end where the stones almost look opaque, I thought they were opals because of the flashes of fire.

Imagine my surprise to find that all the stones were all sapphires because they are nothing like any other sapphires I have seen. The clarity and colour variation is truly stunning and a wonderful example of nature's beauty. I think they are perhaps the most beautiful sapphires HM owns.
Thank you Marg for pointing that out to me, when I first looked at it, I also thought the outer stones were opals as they are what I call cloudy, not shining bright. So this is truly a brilliant piece of workmanship by this company, and I bet we see it soon on one of her coats. Gorgeous piece of jewelry.
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It's right for HM, though. She never pretended to be artistic or fancy.
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Readers' Favorite Tiaras, The Rematch: #8. Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara

An amazing and regal tiara. Just incredible and unforgettable. The style is unbelievably wonderful. One of the best tiaras ever.
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