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Queen’s 5 most expensive jewellery items and the lucky royals who have worn them


The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara: between £5 million to £10 million

This stunning tiara was hidden away for more than half a century but was reintroduced when Princess Eugenie wore it on her wedding day in 2018.

Originally owned by the Queen Mother, who was gifted it by Dame Margaret Greville in 1942, the tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II, who loaned it to Princess Eugenie for her special day.

The gorgeous jewellery piece has an incredible cabochon emerald along with six smaller emeralds and rose-cut diamonds.

The design which was crafted by Boucheron was inspired by the “kokoshnik”, a traditional Russian headpiece.

It is estimated this spectacular jewellery piece could be worth up to £10 million. This puts it up there with the most expensive jewellery pieces ever made.

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Queen Mary’s fringe tiara: £5 million

The gorgeous fringe tiara has an estimated value of over £5 million. This unique jewellery piece was commissioned by Queen Mary, and made by E. Wolff and Co. in 1919.

The tiara features an array of stunning diamonds and is set in gold and silver.

Fringe-style tiaras were popular with many Royal Families, and the trend is reflected in the historic jewellery collection owned by the British royals.

One thing that makes this fringe tiara particularly special is the fact that it was worn by Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day.

Despite looking beautiful, however, the tiara did cause a mishap on that day.

To everyone’s shock, it snapped and had to be speedily fixed by a jeweller before the Queen could leave for Westminster Abbey.

This fabulous tiara enjoyed saw another wedding when the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, wore it to her wedding in July 2020.

Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara: Between £700,000 and £2 million

Many extremely high-profile royals have been pictured wearing this breathtaking jewellery piece, including Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Like many of the most valuable royal jewellery pieces, this tiara was originally created for Queen Mary.

It was crafted by the House of Garrand in 1914 and features impressive pearls and diamonds that were already part of the royal jewellery collection.

After the death of Queen Mary, the tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II, who favoured this piece during the 1950s.

Princess Diana was photographed wearing it on many occasions, even though it was supposedly so heavy that it hurt her head.

Experts have placed its value at somewhere between £700,000 and £2 million, putting it among the most expensive pieces within the royal collection.

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