21 December 2012

Queen Mary's Floret Earrings

Queen Mary's Floret Earrings
These diamond and platinum earrings are another example of the multiple changes Queen Mary made to her jewels. The large central stones are the Mackinnon diamonds, a pair of solitaire earrings that were a wedding gift from Sir William Mackinnon to Mary for her wedding in 1893.
The stones were then set as the center of another pair, Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings. Later on, they were replaced and a new setting was created by Garrard, Queen Mary's Floret Earrings. In their new setting, each one is surrounded by seven slightly smaller diamonds.
The earrings were inherited by the Queen on Queen Mary's death in 1953. She wears them for occasions like the State Opening of Parliament, the Garter Day ceremony, and other formal events.

Appearances:
9 May 2014: Order of the Bath Service
17 February 2012: New Zealand Diamond Jubilee Portrait
2011: State Visit to Ireland, State Dinner
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament  
Various Years: The Garter Service

Photos: Leslie Field/Royal Collection/Getty Images