Tuesday, May 08, 2007

To the Girls of Britain and Ireland

and for the queen in all of us.

The tiara:

The 'Girls of Great Britain and Ireland' tiara was given to the future Queen Mary of England as a wedding present in 1893. The diamond tiara was purchased from Garrard, the London jeweller, by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1947, Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, as a wedding present.

The tiara was described by Leslie Field as "a diamond festoon-and-scroll design surmounted by nine large oriental pearls on diamond spikes and set on a bandeau base of alternate round and lozenge collets between two plain bands of diamonds." (The pearls were changed to diamonds in the 1920's) Not surprisingly, the stunning Garrard tiara was also one of Princess May’s favorite wedding gifts.

The necklace and earrings:

King George VI, Festoon necklace, was given to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 as a wedding gift from her parents. King George VI, the present queen's father had inherited 239 loose diamonds and decided to have a necklace made. Out of the 239, 105 were used to create this lovely 3 row festoon necklace with triangle motifs on either side.

And the earrings? I don't think she was wearing this pair. I guess she thought that they might be a bit much. They look divine, don't they? Their design contains every diamond cut known to man and :

They are known as the Greville Chandeliers. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had inherited them from a good friend, the Hon. Mrs. Ronnie Greville in 1942. The Queen then gave them to her daughter, the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947 as a wedding present. The princess could not wear them until she had her ears pierced, and when she did so, women everywhere flocked to their doctors and the jewellers to have their ears pierced as well.

Can't get an id on the diamond bracelet she's wearing. It appears to be a lovely bauble, though.

God save the Queen.

Tip of the tiara to STARWISE, FReeper extraordinaire. Thank you, dahlink. Your post got me dreaming.