Queen’s best brooches: Monarch’s most expensive brooch is worth a huge £50million

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II has an impressive collection of brooches, including a few special jewels she wears on rotation to important engagements. With a new year comes more opportunities for the Queen to wear her brooches – new and old. But what is Her Majesty’s most expensive brooch?

 

 

The Queen is rarely seen without a brooch on her lapel, usually worn to complement her strikingly bright outfits. But Her Majesty’s brooches are more than just pieces of beautiful jewellery: they symbolise deeper meanings and reveal significant aspects of the Queen’s life.

 

 

Her Majesty not only has a vast brooch collection, but it is also one of the most impressive selections in the world. It is thought that the monarch has up to around 100 brooches, with special ones on regular rotation. Leading diamond expert Max Stone from jewellers Stephen Stone has analysed some of the Queen’s most valuable brooches and estimated how much they would be worth in total.

 

 

He said: “Queen Elizabeth has some of the most incredible jewels I’ve ever seen.“Whilst it’s difficult to put a price on them, as they come with so much history and legacy, after analysing the gemstones from 25 of her most iconic brooches, I’d estimate them to be collectively worth over £90,000,000.”

 

 

However, one brooch stands out from the rest due to its huge worth. Her Majesty’s most expensive jewel is the Cullinan III and IV brooch, according to Max Stone.The jewellery expert said: “The biggest and most expensive of all Queen Elizabeth’s brooches is the Cullinan III and IV brooch.

 

 

“This is because it features two large stones cut from the Cullinan diamond – the world’s largest diamond ever found. “This one brooch alone is worth £50,000,000.” The brooch is made of the third and fourth largest stones cut from the famous Cullinan diamond.

 

 

This huge 3,106 carat uncut diamond is thought to be the largest diamond in the world and was presented to King Edward VII in 1907. It was then cut by Joseph Asscher in Amsterdam the next year. While the two largest stones from the diamond are set in the Sovereign Sceptre and the Imperial State Crown, the pear-shaped Cullinan III and the square-cut Cullinan IV stones were presented to Queen Mary by the Government in 1910.

 

 

The following year, the Queen then commissioned Carrington and Co. to make a platinum brooch setting for the stones. This is how Queen Elizabeth II ended up with the Cullinan III and IV brooch, given to her in 1953. However, according to Max Stone, Her Majesty doesn’t wear the brooch often.

 

 

In 1959, she loaned the jewel to London’s Ageless Diamond exhibition, and, in 2012, it was part of another exhibition at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. However, the Queen did opt to wear it for a state visit to the Netherlands in 1958, and for a thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on the year of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

 

 

Charlotte White, Head of Design at 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online jeweller, told Express.co.uk more about the Queen’s Cullinan collection, saying: “The Queen inherited these legendary diamonds from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953, who adapted the Delhi Durbar Tiara to make the III and IV brooches in 1912.

 

 

“The Cullinan set also includes the largest clear-cut diamond in the world, the Cullinan I, which is mounted in the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, while the second-largest is featured in the Imperial State Crown.”

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