19 June 2014

The Queen Mother's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch

The Queen Mother's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch
Worn by the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother mostly in her earlier years, this Art Deco brooch contains multiple cuts of aquamarine jewels with diamond accents. The brooch is very much in the style of Cartier jewels from the time, though the maker is unconfirmed. Queen Elizabeth did commission other pieces from Cartier. The design seems a double-clip style, though there is no evidence to suggest that it can be separated as such.
Queen Elizabeth
The Queen Mother wasn't known for a love of aquamarine jewels, and appearances of this brooch seem to have been mainly in her earlier years. She did have another set of aquamarine brooches (her Curved Aquamarine Clip Brooches; one can be seen on her hat in the above photo), which are likely the ones described by Leslie Field in The Queen's Jewels:
In the 1930s she had a pair of curved diamond and aquamarine clips. She was wearing these in 1935 when she brought her two daughters to Norman Hartnell's salon in Bruton Street to have a fitting for their bridesmaid's dresses for the marriage of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
The brooch would have passed to The Queen on her mother's death in 2002, and she wore it for the first time publicly at Ascot in 2014, when she wore it placed horizontally; for its second outing, she wore it placed vertically. The Queen of course already has her set of Aquamarine Clip Brooches which are favorites in her collection.

Appearances:
25 December 2015: Christmas Broadcast
20 December 2015: Church at Sandringham
8 May 2015: VE Day Beacon Lighting
6 November 2014: Recovery Pathway Reception
19 June 2014: Royal Ascot, Day Three

Photos: Getty Images, Central Press