30 October 2012

Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings

Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings
These ruby and diamond earrings were a 59th birthday gift from King George V to his wife, Queen Mary, in 1926. Each one features a large ruby with nine brilliants clustered around. According to Leslie Field in The Queen's Jewels, Mary officially included them with the other pieces of Crown ruby jewelry (such as the Crown ruby necklace and pendant earrings) that same year, and in 1947 they were given to the present Queen by her parents.
The Queen has made regular use of the cluster earrings since they were given to her. Though they aren't her only ruby earring option, their simple design makes them easy to wear with other more complicated pieces of jewelry.

Appearances:
3 July 2014: Order of the Thistle Service
30 October 2012: Our Extraordinary World Gala
2005: State Visit to Malta
2003: Festival of Remembrance 
1985: State Visit to Portugal
1983: State Visit to Sweden  
1967: Visit to Malta  
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament  
Various Years: The Garter Service

Photos: Leslie Field/Getty Images/Polfoto