The Queen's Diamonds

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The splendor and sparkle of the diamond is unmatched by that of any other gem in the world. As status symbols or emblems of endless love, diamonds have been worn, collected, and presented as lavish gifts since the earliest days of antiquity. Today, steady sales—and borrowed baubles on the arms of starlets—indicate that diamonds remain among the most sought-after gemstones. But few, if any, private collections surpass that of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Overview

The splendor and sparkle of the diamond is unmatched by that of any other gem in the world. As status symbols or emblems of endless love, diamonds have been worn, collected, and presented as lavish gifts since the earliest days of antiquity. Today, steady sales—and borrowed baubles on the arms of starlets—indicate that diamonds remain among the most sought-after gemstones. But few, if any, private collections surpass that of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Diamonds takes readers on a tour of the magnificent royal inheritance of diamonds from Queen Adelaide in the 1830s to the present day. The book features more than seventy awe-inspiring pieces of jewelry from one of the finest collections in the world. With three hundred full-color photographs—many newly commissioned for the book—the dazzling display ranges from the flawless pink diamond presented to Princess Elizabeth, as she was then known, for her wedding in 1947 to nineteenth-century diamond diadems to the Cartier “Halo” tiara worn most recently by The Duchess of Cambridge at her wedding in April 2011. As informative as it is stunningly beautiful, the book includes information on many items of international importance and great historic significance.
 
Published on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen’s Diamonds offers the first authorized account of this iconic and unparalleled collection of diamond jewelry. The photos superbly encapsulate the breathtaking beauty of the subjects, and the descriptions are packed with fascinating details.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Queen’s Diamonds is an exhaustive, fascinating history of Elizabeth II’s most important sparklers. It’s a treasure trove of delicious details that royal jewellery blogs have been overdosing on, as they replace old rumours and conjectures with confirmed information."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905686384
  • Publisher: Royal Collection Trust
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 209,133
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Hugh Roberts is Surveyor Emeritus of The Queen’s Works of Art and was the Director of the Royal Collection from 1996 to 2010. He is the author of For The King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, and has also written extensively on the decorative arts, contributing to the catalogs for numerous exhibitions.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction

Queen Adelaide
Queen Victoria
Queen Alexandra
Queen Mary
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth II

Royal Family Tree
Glossary
Bibliography and Abbreviations
Picture Credits
Index

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    Posted February 14, 2013

    Highly Recommended

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    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly Reccommened

    This is a book that I'll cherish for decades to come!

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Mom asked for it for Christmas and LOVES it

    Nice and heavy coffee table book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    For any British Royalty fan, this is a must. The photos are spectacular! The history of these gems is fascinating, done Queen by Queen, how each one obtained and changed each pieces. A diffinate add to any Royalty collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Great resource

    Hugh Roberts always delivers. What a wonderful resource!

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