One of the wedding gifts received by Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947 was a pearl shell containing seven large pearls from the ruler of Bahrain at the time. According to the Royal Collection, two of these pearls were used not long after to create this pair of earrings.
The earrings each contain one large round diamond and four smaller ones, three baguette diamonds, and a Bahrain pearl dangling below. The Queen seems to have worn them mainly in the early years of her reign; they were later unearthed for the Buckingham Palace summer exhibit marking her 60th wedding anniversary. And now, it seems they've found a new home:
The Countess of Wessex
Anna from My Small Obsessions contacted me on Twitter earlier this month. She follows the jewels of the Countess of Wessex, and made a discovery - these sure do seem to be the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings. We've just seen the Countess in a new-to-her tiara from the Queen's vaults, plus the King Faisal Necklace and another pair of smaller pearl earrings that look as though they might also have come from the Queen, so perhaps the magic vault keys have finally been properly shared with Sophie. The Queen tends to lend things to her in-laws instead of make outright gifts, so we'll still count them here in the Jewel Vault.