21 November 2012

The Diamond Bouquet Brooch

The Diamond Bouquet Brooch
This brooch of unknown provenance depicts a floral bouquet in diamonds, possibly of roses of some variation or forget-me-nots. I agree with readers that noted that the style of this piece and the worn appearance of the setting seem to indicate an antique, possibly Victorian.
When this brooch appeared during an audience with the High Commissioner for Belize I thought it was a "new" appearance, but it is not: it was also worn during the 2006 state visit from Brazil, at least. The timing of those two appearances suggests a gem from the late Queen Mother's collection to me, but of course it is entirely possible that this has belonged to the Queen for decades.

20 November 2012: Audience at Buckingham Palace

Photos: Getty Images/PA/Corbis