Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who was born on this day in 1900. While we have featured many of her jewels over the years, including her Tiaras, Coronation Rivière, Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace, Irish Guards Brooch, and Maple Leaf Brooch, today, we are featuring the Queen Mother’s Sapphire Fringe Earrings-
The earrings feature large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design. The Queen Mother started wearing these earrings sometime around the 1960s, during her widowhood, though the stones may have come from a sapphire demi-parure given to her as a wedding gift from Queen Mary. The earrings continued to be worn, quite sparsley, until the 1990s, often paired with the Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch.
After her death, the Queen Mother’s Sapphire Fringe Earrings were inherited by the Queen but remained unworn until they appeared on the Duchess of Cambridge at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015, and were worn more recently at the American State Banquet, when they complemented her new sash of the Royal Victorian Order. There is no doubt we will continue to see these earrings for years to come.