Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain & Ireland tiara; One of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite pieces of jewellery is the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara which is also referred to as “Granny’s Tiara”. It was a wedding gift to Elizabeth by her devoted grandmother Queen Mary in 1947 along with a number of other pieces
The tiara, which cost £5,000 in 1947 (equivalent to £189,000 today), was set with 1,033 diamonds and had three detachable roseshaped brooches. It was a wedding present from the Nizam of Hyderabad, an Indian monarch and one of the wealthiest jewellery collectors in the world
This turquoise diadem was part of a parure that was a wedding present from Emperor Napoleon I to Empress Marie Louise his second wife. Originally, it was fitted with 79 emeralds and the current 1000 diamonds that total 700 carats. Altered in 1952 by Van Cleef and Arpels who replaced the emeralds with Persian turquoise, set in both silver and gold metal. Marjorie Merriweather Post gave it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1971.
QUEEN MARY'S STOMACHER The stomacher, made at London jeweler Garrards, is formed as three linked brooches which can be worn separately. Made for Queen Mary in 1920 with diamonds from two of her wedding presents: the ‘Kapurthala’ stomacher and the ‘Town of Swansea’ crescent, both given in 1893. Given by Queen Mary to Princess Elizabeth for her wedding in 1947.
THE LADIES OF DEVONSHIRE EARRINGS Purchased by the Ladies of Devonshire, headed by Lady Clinton, as a wedding present for Princess May of Teck (later Queen Mary) and made to match a pearl and diamond necklace presented by the ‘Ladies of England’. The earrings were a wedding present from Queen Mary to Princess Elizabeth in 1947.