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Old 11-26-2016, 08:01 AM
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I don't particularly like the brooch, but I acknowledge its fascination.
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:20 AM
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: The Queen's Top 10 Diamonds: #7. Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara

An absolutely exquisite tiara. It's grand, regal, and unforgettable. The wall of diamonds is breathtaking. Simply perfection.
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:04 PM
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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: 2016: The Year in The Queen's Jewels
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:21 AM
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Sidenote: if you are not following this blog/site you are missing out. Fun humor, interest in the sparkly side of life, attitude and real knowledge/scholarship. Up the Splendor and the Vault.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:53 PM
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Sunday Brooch: The Williamson Diamond

This is one of the most stunning brooches. The pink diamond is amazing. It is one of my favorites and it's simply exquisite.
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:19 PM
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I agree. This is amazing. The flower basket from Prince Charles' birth is also at the top of my list.
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:52 AM
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Sundays with Victoria: The Albert Brooch | The Court Jeweller

An amazing and regal brooch. Truly stumning.
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:45 AM
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What a very lovely and historical piece,so glad that its still worn and with the famliy!
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:48 AM
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An interesting little article in the Sunday Times today on the origins of the Cullinan diamond "whose massive size and purity have long seemed to defy the laws of physics".

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Ever since it was found in South Africa in 1905 experts have been puzzling over how the Earth created a gem of such clarity. All other diamonds are smaller or chemically less pure.

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Now scientists have found that the Cullinan’s origins may have been as spectacular as its current setting. Their research suggests it was born four times closer to the centre of the Earth than other diamonds — and was then shot to the surface in an explosive volcanic eruption.

“Our research suggests diamonds like the Cullinan form in very extreme conditions, where bubbles of molten metal are trapped in red hot rocks up to 600 miles deep in the Earth,” said Evan Smith, at the Gemological Institute of America, whose research is published in Science journal.

Such conditions include temperatures of 1,500C and pressures of 250,000 atmospheres. “This is far deeper than where common diamonds form,” Smith said. “At this depth Earth makes diamonds to a different recipe — so they grow very pure and large.”

Diamonds such as the Cullinan are made of carbon that first dissolves into the molten metal and then coalesces into giant crystals. The Cullinan is also old — it reached the surface 1.2bn years ago and formed up to 2bn years before that, meaning it could predate life itself.

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Adrian Jones, of University College London, where he researches diamond formation, said giant diamonds such as the Cullinan may even be partly extraterrestrial in origin. “Diamond was around before our planet formed, and was part of the building blocks of Earth. Possibly some gem diamond grew using these exotic remnants as seeds. Perhaps some even contain a tiny remnant of non-terrestrial diamond at their centre.”
Pure brilliance: riddle of royal diamond solved | News | The Times & The Sunday Times

An article will be published in Science journal about the diamond.
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:10 AM
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Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace | The Court Jeweller

one of my favorite pieces in her majesty's collection .
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Amazing brooch!! Which is that???
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Old 01-27-2017, 04:06 PM
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It's the Palm Leaf brooch, previously owned and worn by The Queen Mother:

From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Queen Mother's Palm Leaf Brooch
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Old 01-27-2017, 04:36 PM
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Thank you!!!! What amazing collection of Brooches Queen has!!!!
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Old 01-27-2017, 04:42 PM
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The amazing part is these brooches would look great on youthful and older women. The jewels never look outdated.
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The poignant significance of Her Majesty's favourite gem | Daily Mail Online
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:11 AM
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http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2017...ge-brooch.html

One of the most stunning brooches I have seen. The incredibly stunning. A very majestic piece of jewel.
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Old 02-02-2017, 01:09 AM
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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Queen’s Top Five Sapphires: #5. The Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch

This is a stunning brooch. Love the design.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:55 PM
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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Queen’s Top Five Sapphires: #4. The Dubai Looped Sapphire Demi-Parure

An absolutely magnificent set. Its simply incredible.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:54 PM
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GORGEOUS! When did she wear them last?


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Old 02-03-2017, 12:42 AM
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Her Majesty was touring Canada when she wore the demi parure. I can't remember a very recent time when she's worn it, but I'm sure someone will have an answer.
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