09 April 2014

The Emerald and Diamond Celtic Knot Brooch

The Emerald and Diamond Celtic Knot Brooch
The design of a traditional Celtic knot is echoed in this small brooch by lines of diamonds intertwining around a central emerald that appears to be a cabochon stone. It appears to be a match to a brooch worn by Queen Mary* in her early years, and could have been among the many gifts given to her for her wedding in 1893.
There are not many documented public appearances of this brooch on The Queen, who inherited most of her grandmother's jewels. The most notable use was at the State Banquet for the President of Ireland in 2014, an easy connection thanks to the Celtic motif.

*Thanks to J-F for posting a photo of this on the Royal Jewels of the World Message Board, and to Franck for calling attention to it here and adding additional potential provenance info. Thanks to others as well for more information on past appearances of this brooch.

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Photos: PA/RTÉ