18 February 2013

The Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch

The Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch
The fraternal twin brooch to the Scroll Cambridge Emerald Brooch is this one, with a round cabochon Cambridge emerald surrounded by rows of diamonds and another Cambridge emerald suspended as a pendant.
The Duchess of Teck
Unlike other Cambridge emerald jewels in the collection, this one wasn't crafted especially for the Delhi Durbar. The round cabochon emerald surrounded by two rows of diamonds and the pear-shaped emerald pendant were in use when the Duchess of Teck owned the Cambridge set. She used them as detachable pieces on a stomacher she'd bought from Garrard; the diamond stomacher (which was also used with sapphires, or no additional pieces) passed to her son Adolphus and was worn by his wife Princess Alice.
Queen Mary
The emeralds, as we know, ended up with Queen Mary, and she often pinned the brooch and pendant below the Delhi Durbar Stomacher. She also wore it on its own, which is how it has been used since the Queen inherited it in 1953.
The brooch without the pendant
The top portion can be worn without the pendant, but the Queen almost always wears the brooch with the pendant attached.
The Scroll Cambridge Emerald Brooch is worn in the evening as well as the daytime, but this one is pretty much exclusively used in the day. It is also used more often than the scroll version.

Click here to read more about the Cambridge emeralds and the Delhi Durbar Parure.

8 March 2017: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
14 February 2017: National Cyber Security Centre Opening (No Pendant)
9 November 2016: Francis Crick Institute Opening (No Pendant)
18 October 2016: Audience at Buckingham Palace
11 October 2016: Audience at Buckingham Palace
13 July 2016: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
3 December 2015: St. Columba's Church Anniversary (No Pendant)
21 June 2015: Royal Windsor Cup Polo
28 May 2015: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
18 March 2015: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
12 February 2015: Queen's Medal for Poetry (No Pendant) and Commonwealth Day Message Recording
25 November 2014: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
16 October 2014: Visit to the Tower of London (No Pendant)
18 May 2014: Royal Windsor Horse Show (No Pendant)
12 January 2014: Church at Sandringham (No Pendant)
11 August 2013: Church at Balmoral (No Pendant)
23 July 2013: Queen's Award for Enterprise Reception
2011: State Visit to Ireland (No Pendant)
1980: Royal Maundy Service 
1961: Commonwealth Visit to India and Pakistan 

Photos: Royal Collection/Leslie Field/Getty Images/Corbis