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THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND YEAR: As part of the celebrations this year to mark her 60 years on the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II is putting some of the monarchy’s most important jewels on display. A collection of the monarchy’s diamond jewelry and precious objects, called “Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration,” will go on show at Buckingham Palace in August and aims to explore “the ways in which diamonds have been used and worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries,” the palace said.
The show will include pieces such as a miniature diamond crown fashioned by R&S Garrard from 1,187 diamonds, which Queen Victoria wore for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1897, alongside Queen Victoria’s Coronation necklace and earrings. The impressive necklace is crafted from 25 cushion-shaped, brilliant-cut diamonds, with a 22.48-carat diamond at its center.
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Also on show is the Williamson brooch, so called as it holds a rare 23.6-carat pink diamond that geologist Dr. J.T. Williamson discovered in 1947 in Tanzania, and then presented to Queen Elizabeth for her wedding the same year. Cartier later set the stone in a jonquil-shaped brooch with 200 smaller diamonds, which Williamson presented to the Queen in 1953.
The opening date of the exhibition is yet to be confirmed.