This is an extensive – but not exhaustive – list of The Queen’s brooches. Many of them were gifts over the course of her reign, and they must hold many memories for her.
The brooches are separated into categories according to their colour, so both aquamarine and sapphire brooches will be found under the same section, as will pearls and other white materials like porcelain (yes, really!).
More links will come as the ‘database of diamonds’ expands, so keep checking back!
Head here to explore the royal jewel vault.
Diamond and clear-stone brooches
The brooches here are comprised solely of diamonds and are distinctly absent of colour. If you are looking for a brooch with a flash of rubies for example, head to that section.
Floral brooches:A diamond New Zealand Fern brooch, displayed in a Commonwealth exhibition at the opening of Buckingham Palace (RCT/Queen Elizabeth II) Nizam of Hyderabad rose brooches The Canadian Maple Leaf brooch was part of a Commonwealth exhibition at the opening of Buckingham Palace (RCT/Queen Elizabeth II) HMS Vanguard brooch Botswana millet brooch; this was put in a Commonwealth exhibition at the opening of Buckingham Palace for the public to see (RCT/Queen Elizabeth II) Queen Mary’s Thistle pin Diamond flower brooch Irish blossom brooch Three thistle brooch City of London flower brooch Gold flower brooch Cullinan V brooch Flame lily brooch
Other shapes:Queen Mother’s palm brooch Cullinan III & IV brooch Queen Victoria’s fringe brooch Queen Victoria’s bow brooches Jardine star brooch FEI horseshoes brooch Three diamond bar brooch
A collection of sapphires, aquamarines, turquoise stones and even blue topaz are below.Russian sapphire brooch Prince Albert’s sapphire brooch Brazilian aquamarine brooch Queen Mother aquamarine clip brooches Queen Mary’s turquoise filigree brooch Grape brooch Marie Feodorovna’s sapphire brooch Rounded small aquamarine brooch Chrysanthemum brooch
Pearl and white brooches
The central focus of these brooches are lustrous pearls, and other white materials, like porcelain.Art deco pearl traingle brooch Pearl trefoil brooch Queen Mother’s navette brooch Richmond brooch Greville scroll brooch Victoria’s 11 pearl brooch Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee brooch The Queen Mothers scallop shell pearl brooch Porcelain lily of the valley brooch Cambridge pearl pendant
You’ll find swathes of rubies, garnets, coral and other red tones hereGrima ruby brooch Ruby spray brooch Queen Mother’s ruby spray bouqet Hibiscus brooch
Pink topaz, sapphires, and even diamonds make up these pieces.Williamson pink diamond brooch Saskatchewan flower brooch Small pink stone brooch Cameo rose brooch
Amethysts are the main stone in this section, but you might also findAmethyst bouquet brooches
Brooches made of emeralds, topaz, tourmaline and other green stones.Three shamrock brooch
Yellow, gold & orange brooches
Rich and warm colours of orange and yellow amongst The Queen’s collectionAustralian Wattle Brooch Frosted sunflower brooch Singapore filigree brooch Braemar Gathering feather brooch Daffodil brooch
These pieces are a mix of gorgeous stones, giving a colourful lookSri Lankan spray brooch Small multi-flower bouquet brooch Flower basket brooch Opal spray brooch
These brooches are military badges and symbols of various official organisations.Grenadier Guards badge Duchy of Lancaster brooch HMS Ocean brooch Drapers’ Company
Sources and recommendations:
Certain pieces are easy to research and look-up, on the internet, or in books, though others can be tricky. I have largely based my work on three books and the Royal Collection site. The books are: Hugh Roberts’ ‘The Queen’s Diamonds‘; Leslie Fields’ ‘The Queen’s Jewels’; and Suzy Menkes’ ‘The Royal Jewels’, although these publications are 30 years old now. Fields focuses solely on Elizabeth II’s collection, and Menkes’ book features jewels from Victoria to Diana.
For those trickier pieces, I sometimes defer to the more knowledgeable authors of Order of Splendour (referenced as OoS), an informative and detailed site covering the European jewel collections too, or From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault (HMJV), their sister site. Another excellent jewels blog comes from The Court Jeweller (TCJ).
For more general fashion readers (and royal watchers) is a book by Angela Kelly, The Queen’s dresser and assistant, called ‘Dressing The Queen: A Jubilee Wardrobe’. It was released, unsurprisingly, for the Jubilee in 2012, and it is a great look at how Her Majesty’s wardrobe works, and is put together. Angela Kelly released another book (2019) called ‘The Other Side of the Coin’, which looks at her working relationship with Her Majesty; there are a number of other references and anecdotes in this book.