Gift from Victoria to Stephanie Hohenzollern. Gold, diamond, ruby and emerald miniature bracelet, the flexible band with centrepiece enclosing a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) wearing tiara, earrings and pearls, flowers in her hair, facing three quarters front, within a diamond frame interspersed with four emeralds and four rubies. The back is inscribed MEINE THEUREN NICHTE STEFANIE VON VICTORIA RAM (9TEN MAI 1858) (MY DEAR NIECE STEPHANIE FROM VICTORIA R. (9 MAY 1858)). English.

Gift from Victoria to Stephanie Hohenzollern. Gold, diamond, ruby and emerald miniature bracelet, the flexible band with centrepiece enclosing a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) wearing tiara, earrings and pearls, flowers in her hair, facing three quarters front, within a diamond frame interspersed with four emeralds and four rubies. The back is inscribed MEINE THEUREN NICHTE STEFANIE VON VICTORIA RAM (9TEN MAI 1858) (MY DEAR NIECE STEPHANIE FROM VICTORIA R. (9 MAY 1858)). English.

Queen Elizabeth I’s Ring. Gold, mother-of-pearl, rubies, and enamel, c.1560. According to tradition this ring was dedicated to James I (James VI of Scotland) as evidence of the Queen’s death and given by him to 1st Earl of Home in 1603.

Queen Elizabeth I’s Ring. Gold, mother-of-pearl, rubies, and enamel, c.1560. According to tradition this ring was dedicated to James I (James VI of Scotland) as evidence of the Queen’s death and given by him to 1st Earl of Home in 1603.

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The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.

The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.

Headdress with leaf-shaped ornaments, 2600–2500 b.c.; Early Dynastic period IIIa; Sumerian style Excavated at “King’s Grave,” Ur, Mesopotamia Gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian

Headdress with leaf-shaped ornaments, 2600–2500 b.c.; Early Dynastic period IIIa; Sumerian style Excavated at “King’s Grave,” Ur, Mesopotamia Gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian

Baring Ruby Necklace worn with the Burmese Ruby Tiara by HM Queen Elizabeth II

Baring Ruby Necklace worn with the Burmese Ruby Tiara by HM Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria's miniature crown measures just 3.5" across by 4" high, but contains an astonishing 1,200 diamonds.  Made by Garrard, designed to be worn over the veil Victoria adopted following the death of Prince Albert.

Queen Victoria's miniature crown measures just 3.5" across by 4" high, but contains an astonishing 1,200 diamonds. Made by Garrard, designed to be worn over the veil Victoria adopted following the death of Prince Albert.

Cameo: 2nd - 1st century B.C.,   Sapphire: 11th century,   Mount: 16th century

Cameo: 2nd - 1st century B.C., Sapphire: 11th century, Mount: 16th century

A portrait diamond - a flat diamond that is so flawless the portrait of George III is visible underneath.  Created by Jeremiah Meyer in 1761, currently housed at the Royal Collection Trust

A portrait diamond - a flat diamond that is so flawless the portrait of George III is visible underneath. Created by Jeremiah Meyer in 1761, currently housed at the Royal Collection Trust

Gold, silver, and diamond brooch, set with an octagonal sapphire engraved with the arms of Johann Hugo von Orsbeck (1634-1711), appointed Archbishop Prince Elector of Trier, 13 July, and Bishop of Speyer, 16 July 1676, Abbot of Prum and Provost of Weissenburg. Now framed within a foliate border. German. Sapphire intaglio: 17th century. Setting: 19th century. Click for source and additional commentary by Diana Scarisbrick

Gold, silver, and diamond brooch, set with an octagonal sapphire engraved with the arms of Johann Hugo von Orsbeck (1634-1711), appointed Archbishop Prince Elector of Trier, 13 July, and Bishop of Speyer, 16 July 1676, Abbot of Prum and Provost of Weissenburg. Now framed within a foliate border. German. Sapphire intaglio: 17th century. Setting: 19th century. Click for source and additional commentary by Diana Scarisbrick

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