Prince Albert’s Jewels

Today marks the 160th Anniversary of the Death of Prince Albert, Prince Consort, which plunged Queen Victoria into 40 years of mourning! The Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Prince who became Queen Victoria’s beloved British Prince Consort, and the ‘Grandfather of Europe’, Prince Albert was also a major reformer and cultural figure who organised the Great Exhibition of 1851, and spearheaded the educational and cultural sites in the Albertopolis area of London. Prince Albert also bought and designed many splendid Jewels for Queen Victoria and their daughters, most of which we which we have featured previously, so we are compiling them today!

Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch

Created: 1840

For: Wedding Gift for Queen Victoria

Current Location: Collection of the British Crown, worn by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria’s Emerald Tiara

Created: 1845

For: Queen Victoria: “lovely Diadem of diamonds and emeralds designed by my beloved Albert”

Current Location: Owned by the Duke of Fife, on display at Kensington Palace

 Queen Victoria’s Oriental Circlet Tiara

Created: 1853

For: Queen Victoria

Current Location: Heirloom of the Crown

 Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Coronet

Created: 1842

For: Queen Victoria

Current Location: Formerly belonging to the Earls of Harewood, now owned by William Bollinger and on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

 Queen Victoria’s Strawberry Leaf Tiara

Created: 1844

For: Queen Victoria

Current Location: Later belonging to Princess Beatrice, then broken up with current location unkown

 Empress Frederick’s Shell Tiara

Created: 1858

For: Designed by Prince Albert, bought by King Frederick William IV and Queen Elisabeth of Prussia as a Wedding Gift for Victoria, the Princess Royal

Current Location: Unknown

 Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara

Created: 1861

For: Princess Alice for her upcoming Wedding to the future Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine

Current Location: Hessische Hausstiftung (Hesse House Foundation)

Queen Victoria’s Pearl Earrings

Created: 1847

For: Queen Victoria, using Diamonds from the Royal Collection.

Current Location: Collection of the British Crown, worn by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria’s Top 20 Jewels

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One thought on “Prince Albert’s Jewels

  1. If Prince Albert hadn’t been the Prince Consort of Great Britain he could have easily made an excellent living as a jewel designer. All his tiaras are beautiful, but there are three of exceptional beauty: the Emerald Tiara, the Oriental Circlet, and the Sapphire tiara. Of these, only the Oriental Circlet is still in the British collection. Queen Elizabeth II had a different ruby tiara made, the Burmese, because the Queen Mother kept the Oriental Circlet for her personal use until she died. Therefore, the Queen just didn’t get in the habit of wearing the Oriental Circlet. In fact, I think she’s worn it only once! Here’s to hoping that that either the Duchess of Cornwall or the Duchess of Cambridge take it out for a spin some time soon.

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