The Crown Jewels of Great Britain

At Royal Design Fine Jewelry, we bring the world’s finest gems and precious metals for the residents of Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in helping Atlanta area men and women build their fine jewelry collections, and can’t help but admire one of the most awe-inspiring selections of treasures in the world – The Crown Jewels of Great Britain. Royal families have always been known for their immense assortment of the world’s finest jewels, and the British Crown Jewel collection is perhaps one of history’s greatest. In past years, Britain’s jewels haven’t always faired so well. The original collection was mysteriously lost by King John in 1216 while transporting them in a horse drawn carriage during high tide. A brazen jeweler stole the next collection of jewels in 1303, but they were quickly sieged and have been kept in the Tower of London ever since. The British Jewels were safe from thieves, but Oliver Cromwell famously melted down the crowns from former Kings and Queens and sold the gems, saving only three swords, the Holy Ampulla and the anointing spoon. After the restoration of the monarchy, Charles II of England began building up the collection again, and each coronation since has brought the world more treasures to admire.

St. Edward’s Crown

The original crown of St. Edward was destroyed during the Interregnum by Oliver Cromwell, but Charles II remade a version of it for his coronation in 1661. The golden crown is inlaid with an astounding 444 gemstones configured into four crosses and fleur de lis with two arches. 

Imperial State Crown

In 1937, King George VI had the Imperial State Crown created from the design of Queen Victoria’s original 1838 crown.  It is used during the opening of Parliament by the British sovereign and during the coronation ceremony. It features almost 3,000 individual diamonds, pearls, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. It is also adorned with some of the world’s most valuable gemstones, including the Stuart Sapphire, The Second Star of Africa, The Cullinan II, and the Ruby of the Black Prince. 

Crown of Queen Mary

The Crown of Queen Mary was worn by the Royal beauty until her death in 1953. It contains over 2,000 diamonds and in its original state, it held the Koh-i-Noor and Cullilan diamonds, which have been replaced with replicas. 

Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

This crown was made for the Queen Mother to be worn during the coronation of George VI in 1937. 

It’s made of pure platinum and contains the 105 carat Koh-i-Noor diamond.

The Jewelled Sword of Offering 

There are five swords used in the British coronation procession, but the Jewelled Sword of Offering is certainly the most opulent. It was created for George IV’s 1821 coronation. The scabbard and hilt are made of solid gold, and covered in gleaming gemstones and the blade itself is made from valuable engraved Damascus steel. 

Sceptre with the Cross 

The Sceptre with the Cross, also known as the Sovereign’s Sceptre, was made for Charles II in 1661. The Great Star of Africa or Cullinan I diamond was added in 1905, and weighs an unfathomable 530 carats. 

Is it Time to Create Your Own Fine Jewelry Collection? Visit Royal Design in Atlanta, Georgia

Are you eager to build a beautiful collection of priceless treasures? Then visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry in Atlanta, GA today. Our team of knowledgeable experts will help find the perfect new engagement ring, bracelet, diamond earring set or luxury watch for you or a loved one. 

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