3 Of The Most Famous Pieces Of Jewellery!

3 Of The Most Famous Pieces Of Jewellery!

It’s always interesting to look back through the history books and see how trends have changed over time, as well as seeing how what came before has helped inform what we see now.

Where jewellery in particular is concerned, some truly stunning pieces have been created over the years and you’re sure to find all sorts of ideas for your own accessories by having a little look at some of the most famous of them all. Here’s a selection.

The Koh-I-Noor diamond

This diamond, the name of which means Mountain of Light, was given to Queen Victoria way back in 1850 as war compensation after the victory over Punjab in 1849. According to an interesting article in Smithsonian magazine, Hindus believed that the diamond was revered by the gods.

It was displayed at the 1851 Great Exposition in London, but apparently members of the public weren’t especially impressed with it, dismayed at its simplicity. Because of this reception, Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert had the jewel recut and polished, which reduced it by half but improved the light refraction - making it sparklier!

Queen Victoria wore the diamond as a brooch, but it later became part of the Crown Jewels. Now, it can be found at the front of the crown worn by the Queen Mother. It was last seen in public in 2002, resting on top of her coffin at her funeral.

Wallis Simpson’s Cartier panther bracelet

This is quite possibly the most famous bracelet in the entire world! Wallis Simpson, who Edward VIII abdicated the throne for, had an incredible jewellery collection - which had a lot of Cartier in it! Her pieces were often commissioned by her husband and the result was some of the most beautiful avant-garde designs of the 30s.

At the time, Jeanne Toussaint was director of Cartier Jewellery and is the mastermind behind the panther motif in the brand’s collections. The Panthere was first spotted on a wristwatch in 1914, a year after Toussaint joined the company.

It’s thought that the Hope diamond comes from the Kollur mine in Golconda in India, bought by French merchant traveller Jean Baptiste Tavernier, who sold it to King Louis XIV of France in 1668 as part of a haul of diamonds, large and small.

The court jeweller later recut the stone, described as an intense steely-blue in the royal inventories - which led to it being dubbed the French Blue.

The diamond was then reset again in 1749 in some ceremonial jewellery for the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1791, after Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette tried to flee France, the French Royal Treasury was handed over to the government. And the following year, a week-long looting of the crown jewels saw the French Blue diamond stolen.

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