08 April 2013

The Carrington Sapphire Feather Brooch

The Carrington Sapphire Feather Brooch
Another of the many presents given to Princess Elizabeth for her wedding to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947 is this brooch, a diamond feather with a sapphire center. It was given by the jewelry company Messrs Carrington and Company Limited.
The wedding gifts on display, with the feather brooch circled
This is sometimes confused with a diamond feather brooch given by Empress Eugénie to Princess May of Teck (Queen Mary) as a wedding gift, but as it is clearly visible in the photos existing from the exhibit of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gifts, it is a match for the Carrington brooch on the gift list.
The wedding gift list states that this is a sapphire brooch, but the Queen pairs it with purple outfits in addition to blue ones. Feather brooches are classic and this one is particularly fine, with an added bit of versatility thanks to the purplish hue of the central stone.

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