28 September 2012

The Coronation Necklace and Earrings

The Coronation Necklace and Earrings are an important set in the Queen's collection not just because of overall diamond weight but because of historical significance.
The Coronation Necklace
The necklace was created for Queen Victoria in 1858 and has been worn by queens for every coronation after Queen Victoria's death, hence the name. It currently has 26 stones: 25 in the necklace itself, plus the 22.48 carat Lahore Diamond as a pendant.
The Coronation Earrings
The matching earrings were also made Queen Victoria in 1858 from reused stones - the pear drops were originally side stones in an armlet with the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond and were also used in a setting for the Timur Ruby Necklace. The two drops are slightly different sizes; one is about 12 carats, the other about 7.

The Queen usually wears the set together for formal events like the State Opening of Parliament and state dinners, or for portraits.

Read more at Order of Splendor.

Appearances:
13 June 2016: Garter Day (Earrings only)
8 December 2015: Diplomatic Reception
27 May 2015: State Opening of Parliament 
26 March 2015: Canterbury Cathedral Statue (Earrings only) 
21 October 2014: State Visit from Singapore
6 June 2014: State Visit to France
27 November 2012: State Visit from Kuwait
28 September 2012: Australian Diamond Jubilee Portrait
2011: State Visit from Turkey (Necklace only) 
1998: State Visit from Japan  
1978: State Visit to Germany
1967: Visit to Malta (Necklace only)
1961: Commonwealth Visit to India and Pakistan 
1954: Visit to Australia, Parliament Opening
1954: Visit to New Zealand, Parliament Opening
1953: The Coronation 
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament  
Various Years: The Garter Service