Bejeweled Close-Ups: The George IV Diamond Diadem


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One of the most important historical jewels in the British royal vaults, the Diamond Diadem made for King George IV makes one significant outing each year. In the meantime, I've got some excellent views of the piece for you today, so you can enjoy its sparkle up close!

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George IV ordered the diadem from Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell in 1820, just before his coronation. The piece was made of silver, gold, diamonds, and pearls, and it was worn by the new king on his coronation day with a large velvet cap adorned with an ostrich feather. (Although it was made for a king, the diadem has since been worn only by British queens, both regnant and consort.)

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Here's an excellent look at the diadem's central cross pattée, which features a pale yellow diamond set in its center.


The crosses on the diadem alternate with elements made of a lovely floral design. These floral sections feature important national emblems from across the United Kingdom.

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Here you can see the individual floral elements a bit better. You'll be able to pick out roses, shamrocks, thistles in the design -- emblems of England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

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Here you get a close-up view of the diamond settings of the shamrocks and leaves in the floral elements of the diadem.