Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace

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Welcome to another Trinket Tuesday!

The Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace was gifted by Mr. Thomas Cullinan (chairman of the Premier Mine in South Africa) to his wife Annie, around 1910. (If you’re wondering about the name, yes, this is the same mine where the British royal family received their Cullinan diamonds from.)

The Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace’s design is typical of the Edwardian era: elegant, feminine and timeless. The Cullinan Blue Diamond pendant hangs from the double-ribbon bow. It’s a natural oval-shaped blue diamond, weighing 2.60 carat.

The necklace contains 243 round white diamonds and nine blue diamonds. The diamonds are set in rose-gold and silver. It’s also a detachable gem; it can be worn as a brooch or a necklace.

Today the Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace is on permanent display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The Coronation Necklace

© Royal Collection Trust

I tell you, it’s a lucky lady indeed who gets to wear a necklace such as this. The Coronation Necklace was made by Garrard for Queen Victoria (along with the Coronation Earrings) after the loss of her jewels. The necklace’s diamond pendant, known as the Lahore Diamond, weighs 22.48 carats and was given to Queen Victoria in 1851.

Queen Elizabeth II wore the Coronation Necklace for her coronation in 1953 (and has worn it plenty of times since then). It was also worn at the coronations of Queen Consort Alexandra in 1902, Queen Consort Mary in 1911 and Queen Consort Elizabeth in 1937.

Sources

Royal Collection Trust