Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Brooch

By A K Bristow - Wellington City Archives, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Brooch was given to Queen Victoria by her Household to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

The brooch consists of a “scrolled and pierced foliate design, pave-set with diamonds, with pearl centre surrounded by brilliant in cut-down collets, suspending a detachable loop of brilliant with pearl drop; with alternative back fitting when used as a pendant.”1

After the State Dinner to celebrate the jubilee, Queen Victoria wrote, “I wore a black & silver dress with my Jubilee necklace & the beautiful brooch given me by my Household.”2

She later designated the piece as an heirloom of the Crown, and it passed through the hands of successive Queens. It was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who wore it often.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.74
  2. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.74

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