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The heart warming story behind the Queen's sapphire brooch

Queen Elizabeth II's jewellery collection contains some of the most remarkable and expensive pieces in the world. Alongside her lavish earrings and necklaces, she's also known for her love of beautiful brooches, often showing them off on special occasions.

However, looking beneath the sparkling surface of the jewels, many of the pieces hold great sentimental value to the Queen and the Royal family. To find out more, our diamond experts explore the historical significance and price behind one of the Queen’s most precious jewels.

The Prince Albert Brooch

One of her most special jewels is the Prince Albert brooch which dates back to the 1800s. In 1840, Prince Albert secretly commissioned Garrards to make a sapphire and diamond brooch for his bride to be, Victoria. He gave her the brooch on the night of their wedding, and was so adored by Victoria, that she wore it frequently. 

After taking a close look, our diamond expert, Max Stone, said: "The ring contains a large oval or cushion shaped sapphire, which is at least 40cts. The breath-taking gem is also surrounded by 12 large diamonds, which look to be around 12cts.”

“Due to the clarity and intense colour of the sapphire it was possible sourced from Burma. If it was to be sold today, it would be worth around £8,000,000 to £9,000,000, thanks to it's historic legacy.”

After being passed down to Queen Elizabeth II, it became a staple accessory, featuring in many of her most iconic outfits.

Not only that, but the brooch is said to have inspired the design for Kate Middleton's engagement ring, which was originally given to Princess Diana from Prince Charles. Now, one of the world's most famous engagement rings, it features a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and set on an 18-karat white gold band. The ring, which was originally created by Garrard & Co. (the former Crown Jeweller) is now valued at approximately £300,000.