06 July 2012

The Six Petal Diamond Flower Brooch

The Six Petal Diamond Flower Brooch
The Queen has had this brooch since she was Princess Elizabeth. It's composed of six diamond petals surrounding a large single diamond collet. Each diamond petal has a row of larger diamonds down the center. It's a common design; Princess Alexandra has a similar model in her own collection.
An article by Frederick Corbitt*, Deputy Comptroller of Supply at Buckingham Palace in the 1930s and 1940s, identified this brooch as one given by the Household staff to Princess Elizabeth for her 21st birthday. It was an antique of Brazilian diamonds. This suggested provenance adds a thoughtful touch to the young Elizabeth's choice to wear the brooch when announcing her 1947 engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, just a couple months after she received the gift.

*With thanks to Adelaide in the comments!

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