Gifts of Grandeur: The Dorset Bow Brooch, 1893 (Reposted from May 12, 2011)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


The Dorset Bow Fan
English, 1893
The Royal Collection
This exceptionally fine diamond brooch helped start a trend in jewelry design, giving rise to the popularity of “bow brooches,” a style which endures to this day. The brooch was a gift to Mary of Teck on the occasion of her marriage (to the future King George V) in 1893.

When Mary’s granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) married in 1947, this was among the many exquisite diamond pieces which Queen Mary lavished on the young bride. ads

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