Diamonds: A Jubilee Collection is an exhibition at Buckingham Palace that will introduce you to the world of diamonds, as used by the Royal Family. Many of these precious stones have long, extensive histories that are worthy of learning more about. They are some of the most popular jewelrry items known throughout the world. You can learn more about what makes these stones so special in the life of the Queen during your visit.
There are many individual pieces on display that are certain to fascinate visitors of all ages. Some of these include items made for Queen Elizabeth II that Her Majesty has been seen wearing regularly. See the South Africa Necklace & Bracelet and the Williamson Diamond Brooch from the Queen's own collection. They have been an inspiration for diamond jewelry ever since their creation.
You can see stones from the Cullinan Diamond, which is the largest one ever found. Seven of the stones were used in beautiful jewellry pieces. Two of the stones may be found among the Crown Jewels.
Some items that belonged to George IV may be seen. The Diamond Diadem, with the emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland, worn at the coronation and has been worn by the British monarchs since its creation. A diamond-hilted sword favoured by His Majesty may also be seen.
The jewellery and crown worn by Queen Victoria have attracted a lot of attention. See the crown, necklace and earrings worn at Her Majesty's coronation. Her fringe brooch, often worn by Queen Elizabeth II, is available for viewing.
Items on display from the reign of King Edward VIII and Queen Alexandra include the Queen's kokoshnick tiara, created in honour of Her Majesty's Russian heritage. Her coronation fan and King Edward's jaipur sword form an important part of the exhibit.
Two of the favourite items from the time of Queen Mary include the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara and the Delhi Durbar tiara. An elaborate snuffbox from 1770 that originally belonged to Frederick the Great of Prussia makes a lovely addition to the display.
Some of the jewellery that has attracted quite a bit of attention includes earrings that belonged to Elizabeth I. These include the Greville Chandelier Earrings, with an elaborate design and the Greville peardrop-style earrings.</li>
Visitors should expect to spend about 2 hours touring the exhibition, held in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. Guests will also be able to see the Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews. Audio tours are included with the admission price, and the needs of the disabled are accommodated. Phoptography, as well as food and drinks, is not allowed inside. However, a cafe is available in the garden area for refreshments.
This exhibition is certain to be a delight for those who are interested in diamonds or jewellery in general. A lot of royal history is presented in this exhibition. No matter whether you're versed in this history or are new to it, you are sure to enjoy yourself.