Next week, Queen Sirikit of Thailand will celebrate her 90th Birthday! The glamorous Princess who became the popular Thai Queen Consort for almost 70 years and is now the much respected Queen Mother, Queen Sirikit possesses an incredible jewellery collection, and so for the next few days leading up to her Birthday, we are going to be featuring some of the most prominent pieces from Queen Sirikit’s Collection, starting with her spectacular Diamond Bracelets!
There are at least eight spectacular Diamond Bracelets composed of large diamonds set in a dense traditional Thai Style and are likely old Royal Heirlooms, possibly the same bracelets worn by a Thai Prince in the 1870s and also the Bracelets worn by King Ananda Mahidol, the brother of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Queen Sirikit began wearing the Diamond Bracelets in the 1950s, and they made a series of prominent appearences on the King and Queen’s landmark Tour of Europe and North America for much of 1960, wearing them when photographed by the King while trying on her soon-to-be legendary Balmain wardrobe, and then wearing the Bracelets with her Thai Tiara, Floral Bandeau Tiara, and Diamond Fringe Necklace for most of the Banquets while on the Tour, also wearing them with Thai Dress.
While the Bracelets continued to be worn for Galas and Portraits after their return to Thailand, by the mid-1960s, appearences of the Diamond Bracelets began to decline and after a final appearence in a portrait at some point in the 1970s, the Bracelets have disappeared from public view, not seen on Queen Sirikit nor any other members of the Royal Family to date. Lets hope they make a public appearence again soon!