Mastery of Design: Queen Elizabeth II’s Ruby and Diamond Necklace, 1964

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Ruby and Diamond Necklace
English, 1964
The Royal Collection
Before being given to Her Majesty, the Queen, in 1964, this exquisite necklace of flat-cut rubies and brilliant-cut diamond clusters was actually a simple necklace, separate pendant and pair of earrings from the famed Baring Collection of jewels. The earrings and pendant were adapted into the design of the necklace in 1964.

One of several pieces of rubies and diamonds owned by the Queen, this is, by far, one of the most extravagant. Still worn by Her Majesty, this necklace is one of the few pieces in regular rotation in her wardrobe.


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