Turquoise and diamond ornament brooch| Royal Wedding gift from the Prince and Princess of Wales to Princess Mary| Royal Jewels
Queen Mary's Turquoise Brooch
The jewel was a wedding gift in 1893 from Queen Mary’s in-laws, the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
The center of the scroll ornament is a large round turquoise cabochon, surrounded by 14 diamonds. Turquoise is a stone representing healing and protection from untimely death according to ancient.
Above on the left side, in the picture, Queen Mary is wearing the Turquoise Diamond Cluster Brooch with a pendant; it looks like one of the navette "chips" of the Cullinan Diamonds, probably VII of the smaller Cullianan diamonds.
Cullinan VII is a marquise-cut and weighs 8.8 carats. It was originally given by Edward VII to his wife and consort Queen Alexandra. After his death she gave the jewel to Queen Mary, who had it set as a pendant hanging from the diamond-and-emerald Delhi Durbar necklace, part of the parure.
On her neck we see some of her riviere diamond necklaces and between it, some ornaments of the turquoise parure and small clusters, now owned by the Duchess of Gloucester.
After her death, in 1953 it was inherited by her granddaughter, Elizabeth II, who has worn it very rarely.
Queen Elizabeth II wore the Turquoise and Diamond Brooch, since 2014, most recently on April 5, 2020 when she made one of her seldom TV speeches to the nation.
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