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The British crown

Buying diamond jewellery? Allow the Queen to inspire you

  • What is the collection of British crown jewels made up of?
  • What did Queen Elizabeth II recently say about this jewellery?
  • What if you want to buy crown jewels yourself?

The most expensive crown jewels are owned by the British Royal Family. There is no doubt about that! They aren’t only expensive, but also breathtakingly beautiful. Are you on the verge of buying diamond jewellery? Then plan a city trip to London and allow yourself to be inspired by this extraordinary collection in the Tower of London.

  • 1.20 carat solitaire diamond ring in white gold with side diamonds From USD 3.400
    (excl. VAT)
  • 1.00 carat classic diamond earrings in white gold with six prongs From USD 670
    (excl. VAT)
  • 0.50 carat solitaire ring (half set) in yellow gold with side diamonds From USD 3.060
    (excl. VAT)
  • 1.55 carat diamond halo earrings in white gold From USD 4.240
    (excl. VAT)

What is the collection of British crown jewels made up of?

Crowns, sceptres, swords, rings, diadems, bracelets and cloaks ... the British crown jewels form an extensive collection, which is more than worth your admiration. Anyone interested in buying the diamond jewellery is estimated to need a budget of more than 26 million euro. This is because some extraordinary gems have been incorporated in the jewellery.

The Cullinan diamond, one of the largest diamonds ever, was incorporated in the crown jewels. This diamond is therefore one of the best known diamonds in the world.

What did Queen Elizabeth II recently say about this jewellery?

“Is it still so heavy?” the Queen asked in January during a strikingly candid interview with the BBC on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of her Coronation. The best known item of jewellery from the collection is undoubtedly the Imperial State Crown, which was made for a very young Queen Victoria, when she was a mere 19 years old back in 1838.

The crown incorporates an impressive 2868 diamonds and 273 pearls. It’ll therefore come as no surprise it weighs 1.25 kilograms. “You can’t look down to reach your speech, otherwise you’ll break your neck,” the Queen added.

What if you want to buy crown jewels yourself?

Anyone wishing to buy the British crown jewels is unfortunately out of luck. But another crown jewel was offered for sale to the private market in April 2018. “This is something which only happens once in a lifetime,” according to Sotheby’s Director, when he announced the Farnese Blue during an auction. This royal blue diamond reflects 300 years of turbulent European history and had been missing for more than a century.

This extraordinary stone had originally been a wedding gift for Elisabeth Farnes and the Spanish King Philips V from the Philippines, but ended up in various different European crown jewellery collections throughout history.

This royal stone is expected to go under the hammer for approximately 4.2 million euro. Are you interested in buying more affordable diamond jewellery? Then allow yourself to be inspired by BAUNAT’s extensive collection or contact our experts for extra advice.

Written by: CHLOÉ POUPON-DUMONTET Diamond Jewellery Advisor

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