Every time you see the British royal family in the news or on television, they seem to be wearing some kind of very expensive jewel. Whether it’s an engagement ring, a tiara, a crown, a brooch, or a necklace, the royal family seems to be dripping in diamonds (and rubies, and crystals, and sapphires…). Over the years, the family has acquired some absolutely breathtaking pieces. All of these bedazzled items have a unique story behind them.
Keep reading to learn where all of these jewels came from, and to find out how much some of them are worth.
Queen Mary Repurposed Her Jewels
This is a photo of The Delhi Durbar Tiara which was originally made for Queen Mary in 1911. Garrard crafted the tiara in honor of a celebration that took place in Delhi marking the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India.
The piece was fashioned out of remnants of another tiara. It used to have 10 cabochon emerald drops on it, but those jewels were later placed on a different headpiece.