10 May 2013

The Ruby and Diamond Swag Demi-Parure

The Ruby and Diamond Swag Demi-Parure
Another of the modern sets of jewelry owned by the Queen is this demi-parure of a necklace and earrings in rubies and diamonds. The necklace is a diamond swag design set in gold and centered around 2 large rubies. The matching earrings each include a central ruby set in a diamond swirl.
According to Leslie Field in The Queen's Jewels, this set was a gift from Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, who was the Emir of Qatar from 1972-1995. He presented the set during a state visit to Britain in November 1985. They've been in rotation among the Queen's ruby jewels ever since, even making a couple of appearances at the State Opening of Parliament.

2009: State Visit from India
1990, 1994: State Opening of Parliament 
1988: State Visit to Spain

Photos: Getty Images/PA/Royal Collection