crowning glory: the queen's jewels - new jewellery set
Like the rulers, kings and queens of England elsewhere in Europe, at least from the 16 th century, I am in favor of the view that diamonds should accumulate as part of the external display of the monarchy, and as a clear representative of the wealth and influence of the country and its rulers.
With the increase in diamond traffic-first from India, then Brazil, and later from South Africa-the growth of diamond cutting skills, the appearance of diamonds becomes more prominent, crown jewelry or sovereign jewelry;
As a result, the Queen's personal jewelry begins to reflect-or in some cases fashion that leads the trend.
The process was greatly accelerated with Queen Caroline, the spouse of George II, and with the spouse of George III, Queen Charlotte, to a new level of complexity, whose diamonds were considered particularly notable, quantity or quality;
The king never allowed her to make public appearances without them.
In the royal and aristocratic circles, diamond jewelry is worn to the highest point in the middle.
In the first half of the 19 th and 20 th centuries, as diamonds became richer, the fashion of providing diamonds for weddings and other events was firmly established and saluted to the Empire, in particular, funds from India and South Africa have flowed into the royal family.
There are many "histories" in the Queen's collection of diamonds-often a mix of facts and legends-that add to their appeal and fame. The pre-
An outstanding example of this stone is Koh-i-
It is now part of the crown jewels, set in the crown of Queen Elizabeth, the spouse of George VI, and the last Queen of India. This stone (
It has a complex part, of course
Legendary sources, including the Emperor Mughal, the Persian conquistors, and the rulers of Punjab)
It also summarizes people's attitude towards diamond cutting. When the Koh-i-
On 1850, Noel arrived in England, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were impressed by its history and scale, but disappointed by its lack of brilliance, which was cut in the Indian way, to keep as much weight as possible, the top is flat, the edges have sides, and the bottom is barely cut.
This disappointing exhibition is shared by visitors, in which diamonds are shown in a specially built box.
Therefore, in 1852, the stone was re-cut into a brilliant European style (
More than 40 thinner than the original weight)
, Completely changed the look of it, and Queen Victoria can use it as a bodice brooch, as the center of the necklace, or with her Royal Circus.
Most of the Queen's collection of personal jewelry dates back to the 19 th or early 20 th century.
Most of the jewelry is inlaid with old bright colors and rose colors;
Modern splendor can only be found on parts manufactured or remodeled after about 1920.
The background of the jewelry is silver, white or yellow gold, or platinum, with a variety of combinations-Platinum is particularly popular at the end of the 19 th century.
With a few exceptions, the craft is in English.
From the design point of view, the Queen's series represents the fashion center of this era, neither particularly avant-garde
Neither avant-garde nor conservative.
However, when any jewelry is worn by the royal family, it will almost inevitably attract widespread attention and will be able to promote a particular type of jewelry or way of wearing.
This is the case with Queen Victoria, her preference for headwear-not a wreath of removable spray, or a jewelry comb-establishes the pattern of headwear, as does Queen Alexandra, a dog-loving person
The collar necklace and long string of pearls, as well as the habit of her "layered" jewelry, have made her fashion last for decades.
Top 20 Jubilee-
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee will light a tea party in the mad hat for Queen Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry. One of the uniqueness of the collection is the rich archival background, which includes inventory, bills, diaries and other documents kept in the Royal Archives and elsewhere.
These records enable the work to be tracked from one owner to another, and at the same time allow detailed study of the changes that many works experience as fashion and taste change.
Recycling of stones is a special feature of the series: for various reasons, new jewelry was made using diamonds removed from the outsideof-
Items that are dated or not fashionable-usually brooch, necklace and headwear, to a lesser degree.
Paintings, paintings and photographs also document the way these jewels are worn, whether as a statement of the splendor of the Empire, as a manifestation of the new fashion, or as evidence of tradition.
In any case, the Queen's style is reflected in the choice and manner of wearing jewelry;
Although colored gems also play a role, diamonds are the main and most prominent decoration of the Queen in every major event of domination.
Hugh Roberts from the Queen's Diamond (
Royal Collection publication, £ 60)
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Some of the jewelry in this book will be included in the diamond show: this is part of Buckingham Palace's summer opening ceremony in June 30 --
July 8 and July 31October 7 (Royal Collection. org. uk)