The Queen’s Jewellery: scallop shell brooch

This brooch features a shell made from solid rows of diamonds, which radiate from a single large pearl nestled at the base of it. Either side, the shell curls inwards, and strings of diamonds of graduating in length are suspended beneath. In silvery tones, the brooch is easy to accessorise with most outfits.

The Queen Mothers scallop shell pearl brooch

The scallop shell brooch worn by Camilla in Kenya

Embed from Getty Images

It once belonged to the Queen Mother, and is officially called the Courtauld Thomsen Scallop-Shell Brooch. Lord Courtauld-Thomsen designed the piece and it was made in 1919. It was left to Queen Elizabeth, wife of George VI, in 1944 by Courtauld-Thomsen’s sister, Winifred Hope Thomsen.

The Queen Mother seemed to be fond of it, and wore it often, particularly during her 100th birthday celebrations in 2000. Elizabeth II wore it on many occasions, too.

Since Charles’ accession, Camilla has started to wear items of the late Queen’s including this brooch on a state visit to Kenya.

Share this

1 comment

Omino Tom Wed 21 June, 2023 - 5:27 pm

Queen Elizabeth II found her to be fit to share in her shoes, Long Live Queen Consort.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.