|The Imperial State Crown of India, which contains over 6000 diamonds, www.dailymail.co.uk|
|Jaipur sword and scabbard: A maharajah¿s coronation present for Edward VII. www.dailymail.co.uk|
Among the Royal families of the world, the longest surviving British Royal family members have the largest collection of precious gems, jewelery and diamonds, one can ever imagine, acquired over a period of roughly 250 years or more. The British Royal collection includes wonderful and most spectacular treasures that may blind one's eyes.
Ever since Edward the Confessor kept the royal jewels in the safest vaults in Westminster Abbey, London has been home to the renowned
|The Tower of London,has witnessed a great deal of British history in the 900 years it has stood on the banks of the Thame . houses Royal jewels.. www.tracyanddale.50megs.com|
Neither the British public nor the people from other countries, in particular, from former British colonies never get a chance to see the vast jewelry collections at the same time in one place, for such expensive collections carefully procured and saved for a pretty long period rarely go on display for public view except museums. it was during the extravaganza to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, a new exhibition that was part of the Summer Opening of the Buckingham Palace was held on June 24, 2012 - exploring how the gems had been used and worn by monarchs - both European and Indian over the last two centuries and their crass display of immense wealth in a world where more than two thirds of people suffer from pangs of hunger, poverty and malnutrition. It was a great opportunity for the people to see sparkling jewels in close quarters and appreciate how delicately and ingeniously they were mounted and the skill and craftsmanship used in the olden days.
|Queens Coronation 2nd June 1953. dressmadameguillotine.org.uk|
Made from steel and gold, enameled in blue, green and red, the beautiful diamonds are set in a design of lotus flowers and leaves. The sword contained more than 719 white and yellow diamonds. The flat cut of many of the stones, set in combination with their silver backed settings, is characteristic of Indian jewelery. The rose and brilliant-cut stones used in this wonderful piece of jewelry seem to have been processed in Europe and this suggests possible European trade connection with the Indian subcontinent.
The following were the outstanding exhibits that are worthy of mention:
01. Queen Alexandra's Coronation Fan, a diamond-studded ostrich feather fan, made for Edward VII's consort for the coronation. will also be on display.
02. A Jewelled snuff box, dated circa 1770, that was once owned by Frederick the Great of Prussia. It is mounted with nearly dazzling 3,000 diamonds in elaborate flower motifs and the box is thought to have been inherited by Frederick during his 18th-century reign (1740-1786).
03. The Imperial State Crown of India, which contains over 6000 stunning diamonds of beauty, is prepared for the new exhibition of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
04. The Delhi Durbar Tiara, made for Queen Mary in 1911, was later adapted by her to accommodate either the Cullinan III or IV diamond or both. Believed to be the largest tiara in the Windsor collection in terms of overall size, the Delhi Durbar was made for Queen Mary to wear it at the Delhi Durbar and was crafted from other dismantled jewels in her collection, primarily her Boucher-on Loop Tiara.
|Royal Tour of India, 1961, Queen Elizabeth II is pictured riding an elephant www.gettyimages.com|
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.rememberingletters.wordpress.com|
|Kohinoor diamond (originally from Kollur- Golconda mines, near Hyderabad, India. eastcoastdaily.in|
07. The Diamond Diadem, set with more than 1,300 brilliant-cut diamonds, which is worn by the Queen as seen on British and Commonwealth stamps and on certain bank notes (bills) and coins.